Shellfish Fishery

​​​2021/22 Season TAC

TAC for 2021/22 Season (tonnes)
Clams (Venerupis)​4.4​
​Cockles (Katelysia)
​Native oyster (Ostrea angasi)​
32.2 (25,331 dozens​)​


The commercial shellfish fishery includes clams (Venerupis) in Georges Bay, Cockles (Katelysia) in Ansons Bay, native oysters (Ostrea angasi) in Georges Bay and wild Pacific oysters.

Managing the fishery 

Fish illustration by Peter Gouldthorpe

Formal management arrangements were introduced in March 2007 and remade in February 2017. Now the Tasmanian shellfish fishery is managed under the provisions of the Living Marines Resources Management Act 1995​ and Fisheries (Shellfish) Rules 2017.

The management plan for the commercial fishery is both species and area specific due to the high level of variability associated with each population in size, age at maturity, growth rates and other resource users from area to area.

The commercial clam (Venerupis) fishery currently only allows for two licences both operating in Georges Bay.

The native oyster (Ostrea angasi) fishery is also restricted to Georges Bay and is limited to two licences.

The cockles (Katelysia) are limited to Ansons Bay with only the one licence.


The total allowable catch for these species is determined by stock surveys undertaken every two to three years.

There is no cap on the number of wild Pacific oyster licences that may be issued but as for the take of all bivalves for commercial fisheries, operators are bound by the requirements of the Shellfish Market Access Program (ShellMAP)​ and are liable to pay the associated levy.

More information 

Commercial Shellfish fishery assessment reports: 

IMAS Small Bivalve Assessment Reports​ 

Shellfish Fishery Policy:

Shellfish Fishery Policy Document (1.47 MB)

  Shellfish policy update 2017   (338Kb)​​​


Senior Fisheries Management Officer (Dive Fisheries)
Greg Ryan
Wild Fisheries Management Branch
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 0457 046 561

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