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

2018

The commercial greenlip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of King Island from Cape Wickham to Cumberland Light is being closed from 28 May 2018 until 31 December 2018 inclusive in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure includes sub-blocks 2A, 2B, 2C and 4A only.

  King Island greenlip closure 2A, 2B, 2C and 4A 28 May to 31 Dec 2018   (113Kb)    

The present commercial greenlip abalone fishery closure in State waters off the north-east and north-west coasts of Tasmania is being altered. Only the following sub-blocks will remain closed to commercial fishing for greenlip abalone on and from 30 July 2018: in the north-east, sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B.

  North-west and block 40 greenlip opening 30 July 2018   (314Kb)

Blacklip abalone

2018

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the east coast of Tasmania from Eddystone Point to Whale Head is being closed from 1 January 2018 until 31 March 2018 inclusive in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure does not include sub-block 31A.

  Public notice east coast blacklip 2018   (425Kb)

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the Freycinet Peninsula must be fished at a legal minimum length of 145 mm in 2018. The 145 mm size limit area includes sub-blocks 26B (Coles Bay), 26C, 26D, 27A, 27B, 27C, 27D, 27E and 28A (northern boundary Peggys Point) only.

  Public notice Freycinet blacklip 145 mm 2018   (449Kb)

 

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-west coast of Tasmania from Arthur River to Wild Wave River and off the south coast of Tasmania from Whale Head to Prion Beach is being closed from 25 April 2018 until 31 December 2018 inclusive in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure includes sub-blocks 5D, 6A, 6B, 6C, 13A and 13B only.

    Notice sub-blocks 5D, 6A, 6B, 6C, 13A and 13B closed 25 April 2018   (110Kb)

The present commercial blacklip abalone fishery closure in State waters off the north-east coast of Tasmania is being altered. Only the following sub-blocks will remain closed to commercial fishing for blacklip abalone on and from 30 July 2018: in the north-east, sub-blocks 31B, 39A and 39B.

  Block 40 blacklip opening 30 July 2018   (318Kb)

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the upper east coast of Tasmania from St Helens Point to Douglas River is being closed from 6 August 2018 until 31 December 2018 inclusive in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure includes sub-blocks 28C, 29A, 29B, 29C and 29D only.

  Sub-blocks 28C, 29A, 29B, 29C and 29D closure 6 August 2018   (91Kb)

If you have any queries regarding these closures, please contact Matt Bradshaw 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 go to:

Harvest Area Status 

Contact

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

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