Abalone Closures

​​​​​​Sub-block catch caps are used to refine the spatial management of the commercial abalone fishery. 

Fishing effort needs to be distributed across the fishery to reduce the possibility of localised overfishing.

At times, sub-blocks of the commercial abalone fishery are closed to control the total amount of abalone harvested in an area in the interest of resource sustainability.

The below areas are closed as follows: 

Greenlip abalone

2020

The commercial greenlip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east and north-west coasts of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 1 January 2020 to 11:59 pm 30 June 2020 in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure includes, in the north-west, fishing blocks 48 (excluding sub-block 48A), 49 and 5 and down the west coast, and in the north-east, blocks 31 and 39, and down the east coast.

  NE and NW greenlip closure 1 Jan-30 June 2020   (150Kb)


The commercial greenlip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of Tasmania is being closed. The following sub-blocks will close to commercial fishing for greenlip abalone from 12:01 am 12 July 2020 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2020: sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B only.

  North-east commercial greenlip closure Sunday 12 July 2020-31 December 2020   (313Kb)​


 

2021

The commercial greenlip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east and north-west coasts of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 1 January 2021 to 11:59 pm 30 June 2021 in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure includes, in the north-west, fishing blocks 48 (excluding sub-block 48A), 49 and 5 and down the west coast, and in the north-east, blocks 31 and 39, and down the east coast.

  North-east and nort​h-west greenlip closure 1 January 2021-30 June 2021​ ​ (77Kb)


 

Blacklip abalone

2020
 
The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 1 January 2020 to 11:59 pm 30 June 2020 as part of arrangements to control the total amount of blacklip abalone harvested in this area in the interest of resource sustainability. This closed area relates to commercial blacklip abalone fishing in fishing sub-blocks 31B, 39A and 39B only.


The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the east coast of Bruny Island (block 16), and off the east coast of Tasmania from Peggys Point (Bicheno) in the north to Cape Pillar in the south (blocks 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and sub-block 28A) is being closed to commercial fishing for blacklip abalone from 12:01 am 1 January 2020 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2020 in the interest of stock recovery.

  Block 16 and Bicheno-Cape Pillar blacklip closure 1 Jan-31 Dec 2020   (143Kb)


The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the east coast of Tasmania from Eddystone Point to Whale Head is being closed from 12:01 am 1 January 2020 until 11:59 pm 31 March 2020 in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure does not include sub-block 31A.

  East coast blacklip closure 1 Jan-31 Mar 2020   (117Kb)​​

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-west coast of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 24 April 2020 to 11:59 pm 30 June 2020 as part of arrangements to control the total amount of blacklip abalone harvested in this area in the interest of resource sustainability. This closed area relates to commercial blacklip abalone fishing in fishing sub-blocks 48A, 48B, 48C, 49A, 49B and 49C only.

  Bass Strait blocks 48 and 49 blacklip closure Friday 24 April 2020   (77Kb)​


The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the south coast of Tasmania is being closed to control the total amount of blacklip abalone harvested in this area. The closed area relates to commercial fishing for blacklip abalone in fishing sub-blocks 13A and 13B only from 12:01 am 2 September 2020 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2020.

  Commercial blacklip closure 13A and 13B 2 September 2020 to 31 December 2020   (443Kb)


The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters around Babel Island is being closed. The following sub-block will close to commercial fishing for blacklip abalone from 12:01 am 4 October 2020 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2020: sub-block 38A only.

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters from Long Point (Seymour) northwards to St Helens Point is being closed. The following sub-blocks will close to commercial fishing for blacklip abalone from 12:01 am 4 October 2020 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2020: sub-blocks 29A, 29B, 29C and 29D only.

  Commercial blacklip closure Babel Island and upper east coast 4 October 2020 to 31 December 2020   (525Kb)


The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-west coast of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 9 November 2020 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2020 as part of arrangements to control the total amount of blacklip abalone harvested in this area in the interest of resource sustainability. This closed area relates to commercial blacklip abalone fishing in fishing sub-blocks 48A, 48B, 48C, 49A, 49B and 49C only.

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of Tasmania is being closed. The following sub-blocks will close to commercial fishing for blacklip abalone from 12:01 am 9 November 2020 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2020: sub-blocks 31B, 39A and 39B only.

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the south-east coast of Tasmania is being closed. The following sub-blocks will close to commercial fishing for blacklip abalone from 12:01 am 9 November 2020 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2020: sub-blocks 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D and 14E only.

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the upper west coast of Tasmania is being closed. The following sub-blocks will close to commercial fishing for blacklip abalone from 12:01 am 9 November 2020 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2020: sub-blocks 6A, 6B and 6C only.

  Commercial blacklip closures 9 November 2020-31 December 2020   (569Kb)


The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the south-east coast of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 13 December 2020 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2020 as part of arrangements to control the total amount of blacklip abalone harvested in this area in the interest of resource sustainability. This closed area relates to commercial blacklip abalone fishing in fishing sub-blocks 21A, 21B and 21C only.

  Commercial blacklip closure Block 21 13 December 2020 to 31 December 2020   (78Kb)


 

2021

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the east coast of Tasmania from Eddystone Point to Whale Head is being closed from 12:01 am 1 January 2021 until 11:59 pm 31 March 2021 in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure does not include sub-block 31A.

  East coast blacklip closure 1 January 2021-31 March 2021   (76Kb)


The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the east coast of Bruny Island (block 16), and off the east coast of Tasmania from Peggys Point (Bicheno) in the north to Cape Pillar in the south (blocks 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and sub-block 28A) is being closed to commercial fishing for blacklip abalone from 12:01 am 1 January 2021 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2021 in the interest of stock recovery.

  Block 16 and Bicheno-Cape Pillar blacklip closure 1 January 2021-31 December 2021​ ​(78Kb)


The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 1 January 2021 to 11:59 pm 30 June 2021 as part of arrangements to control the total amount of blacklip abalone harvested in this area in the interest of resource sustainability. This closed area relates to commercial blacklip abalone fishing in fishing sub-blocks 31B, 39A and 39B only.

  North-east blacklip closure 1 January 2021-30 June 2021   (77Kb)


The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the upper-west coast of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 14 April 2021 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2021 as part of arrangements to control the total amount of blacklip abalone harvested in this area in the interest of resource sustainability. This closed area relates to commercial blacklip abalone fishing in fishing sub-blocks 6A, 6B and 6C only. 

  Commercial blacklip closure sub blocks 6A, 6B and 6C 14 April 2021 to 31 December 2021   (76Kb)

 

If you have any queries regarding these closures, please contact the Principal Fisheries Management Office (Abalone) using the details below.



​Biosecurity closures

Please be aware that sub-blocks in the fishery may be closed to fishing for biosecurity reasons. To view any such closures in place at present see Harvest Area Status.


Contact

Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Abalone)
Matt Bradshaw
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3033
Email: matt.bradshaw@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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