Commercial Fishing Seasons
Fisheries may be closed at spawning times to protect breeding stock or to limit the catch for a fishery.
They may also be closed for public health reasons - see Biotoxin Fishery Events.
If not listed, no commercial season applies.
For changes to published fishing seasons, check public notices in Tasmanian newspapers, follow the
Fisheries Tasmania Facebook page or
call the Department switchboard on 1300 368 550.
2020 - Season Closure
Female - closed from 1 May 2020 for all State waters.
Male - closed from 1 September 2020 all waters south of St Helens Pt around to Sandy Cape (41° 29' ).
Male - closed from 1 October 2020 all other State waters.
2020-21 Season Opening
All waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone (ECSRZ)
Open from Sunday, 15 November 2020.
East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone
Open from Tuesday, 8 December 2020.
Southern Waters |
Closed to fishing from 15 November to 14 December inclusive in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Closed to fishing from 15 January to 14 February inclusive in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Northern and southern waters are delineated by a line following the north coast of Tasmania, joined and bounded in the west by a line of latitude through Cape Grim and in the east by a line of latitude through Cape Naturaliste.
Males - Open all year round.|
from 15 November in a year to 31 May the following year inclusive.
Closed to fishing from 1 March to 30 April inclusive each year.|
The 2019 commercial scallop season is currently closed. See the Commercial Scallop Fishery pages for more information.|
Striped trumpeter are closed to fishing from 1 September to 31 October inclusive each year.|
Squid / Calamari|
Tasmania's north coast will be closed from 1 - 31 October 2020 inclusive -
More information about the northern closure.
Open all year round although a
cap exists in many zones in this fishery. See current zone closures on the
Abalone Closures webpage.|
Recreational Fishing Seasons