The Tasmanian wild abalone industry is a major contributor to the Tasmanian economy. It is the largest wild abalone fishery in the world, providing around 25% of the annual harvest. The fishery is managed under the provisions of the
Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995
Fisheries (Abalone) Rules 2009
Comments invited in relation to draft harvest strategy for the Tasmanian abalone fishery, and invitation to size limit workshop
Comment is invited on the first formal Tasmanian abalone harvest strategy, which is presently in draft.
Draft Abalone Fishery Harvest Strategy - 27 August 2018 (1Mb)
The draft has been developed by the Department in consultation with key stakeholders. The harvest strategy would run until 2020, in which year it would be reviewed.
The period during which written comments may be made regarding the draft harvest strategy is from 27 August 2018 to 28 September 2018 inclusive.
Comments may be sent to:
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
If submitting comment, please state whether you would like it to be de-identified.
One of the central planks in the draft harvest strategy is size limit setting. In short, what is proposed is moving from a two year rule to a three year rule regarding abalone spawning before entering the fishable biomass.
The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is holding a workshop regarding this proposed change on 4 September 2018 at its Taroona facilities commencing at 9:30 am and finishing at 3:00 pm. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. Please RSVP to Dr Craig Mundy for purpose of catering for lunch (Craig.Mundy@utas.edu.au).
For further information please telephone Matt Bradshaw, Wild Fisheries Management Branch, on (03) 6165 3033.
For information on the abalone industry including where to purchase abalone, see the Tasmanian Abalone Council website.