Calamari closure areas
Taking and possession of calamari and squid during closed seasons in the areas below is prohibited to protect spawning calamari.
The closures apply to both commercial and recreational fisheries. See either
Recreational Fishing Seasons
Commercial Fishing Seasons
for current information about closure dates.
The East Coast closure area includes all waters south from Lemon Rock (south of Wineglass Bay) to the northern end of Marion Beach (south of Maria Island) and includes Coles Bay, Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage.
East Coast calamari and squid closure area
In 2020, Tasmania's North Coast (see map below) will be closed during peak calamari spawning periods.
Read more about why the closures were put in place.
Only squid that has been commerically purchased can be used for bait. You cannot possess a squid jig attached to a fishing line during this time.
The North Coast closure area includes all waters:
- Bounded in the west by an imaginary line starting at Cape Grim and then running due west along the line of latitude at 40° 40'S to the limit of State waters; and
- Bounded in the north by the limit of State waters; and
- Bounded in the east by an imaginary line starting at Cape Naturaliste and then running due east along the line of latitude at 40° 50'S to the limit of State waters.
North Coast calamari and squid closure area