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

2019

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 2019 to 11:59 pm 30 June 2019 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 north-west greenlip closure 1 January 2019-30 June 2019   (336Kb)

 

Blacklip abalone

2019

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 2019 until 11:59 pm 31 March 2019 in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure does not include sub-block 31A.

  East coast blacklip closure 1 January 2019-31 March 2019   (591Kb)

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of Tasmania is being closed from 12:01 am 1 January 2019 to 11:59 pm 30 June 2019 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 2019-30 June 2019   (329Kb)

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-west coast of Tasmania must be fished at a legal minimum length of 129 mm in 2019. The 129 mm size limit area includes sub-blocks 49D, 5A, 5B and 5C only.

  Sub-blocks 5A, 5B, 5C and 49D blacklip at 129 mm 2019   (650Kb)

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the Freycinet Peninsula must be fished at a legal minimum length of 145 mm in 2019. 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.

  Freycinet blacklip at 145 mm 2019   (618Kb)

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off Albatross Island in sub-block 49D, in State waters off the east coast from Peggys Point in the north to Cape Pillar in the south, as well as in State waters off the south coast of Tasmania from Whale Head in the east to Prion Beach in the west (sub-blocks 13A and 13B) only are being closed from 12:01 am 21 April 2019 to 11:59 pm 31 December 2019 as part of arrangements to control the total amount of abalone harvested in these areas in the interest of resource sustainability.

  Albatross Is, east coast and south coast closures 21 April 2019   (571Kb)

 

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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