Calamari closure areas

​Taking and possession of calamari and squid during closed seasons in the areas below is prohibited to protect spawning calamari.

Closure Dates

The closures apply to both commercial and recreational fisheries.  See either Recreational Fishing Seasons or Commercial Fishing Seasons for current information about closure dates.

East Coast

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.

Calamari and squid closure area East Coast

East Coast calamari and squid closure area

North Coast

In 2018, 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.

​Commercially purchased bait can be used.  You cannot possess a squid jig attached to a fishing line during this time.​

The North Coast closure area includes all waters:

  1. 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 
  2. Bounded in the north by the limit of State waters; and
  3. 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.
Northern calamari closure area 2018

North Coast calamari and squid closure area


Contact

Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Recreational Fisheries Section
1 Franklin Wharf
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647
Email: fishing.enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fishing Enquiries
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fisheries.licensing@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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