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

2021​

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 11 July 2021 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2021: sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B only.

  Sub blocks 31A and 31B and 39A and 39B commercial greenlip closure 11 July 2021 to 31 December 2021   (869Kb)

 


 

Blacklip abalone

2021
 

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 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)

     
 

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 12 May 2021 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2021: sub-blocks 29A, 29B, 29C and 29D only.

  Commercial blacklip abalone closure block 29 12 May 2021 to 31 December 2021   (75Kb)

 

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 23 June 2021 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2021.

  13A and 13B commercial blacklip closure 23 June 2021 to 31 December 2021   (79Kb)

 

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of Flinders Island is being closed. The following block will close to commercial fishing for blacklip abalone from 12:01 am 19 July 2021 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2021: block 38 (comprising sub-blocks 38A [Babel Island], 38B and 38C) only.

  Commercial blacklip abalone closure block 38 including Babel Island 19 July 2021 to 31 December 2021   (894Kb)


 


 

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-west coast of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 18 August 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 48A, 48B, 48C, 49A, 49B and 49C only.

 Commercial blacklip closure sub blocks 48A, 48B, 48C, 49A, 49B and 49C 18 August 2021 to 31 December 2021 (PDF 678Kb)


 

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the east coast of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 22 August 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 28B and 28C only.

 Commercial blacklip abalone closure sub blocks 28B and 28C 22 August 2021 to 31 December 2021 (PDF 635Kb)


 

 

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 (Dive Fisheries)
Matt Bradshaw
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 0457 097 534
Email: matt.bradshaw@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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