Scallop Management Plan Amendments

​​​​​​​​2019 Scallop Rule Amendments

Proposed amendments to the current Scallop Fishery Management Plan (the Fisheries (Scallop) Rules 2010) were released on 20 November 2019.

Public comment on these proposals is now closed.  Submissions were due by midnight, 31 January 2020.

The Tasmanian commercial scallop fishery is managed under a paddock style system where all areas are closed, except a small number of zones that meet survey criteria.  The recreational and commercial fisheries are spatially separated, with the commercial fishery prohibited in waters less than 20 metres deep, as well as in Shark Refuge Areas (except East Coast Waters) and specified scallop dredge prohibited areas.

​The proposed changes primarily relate to the commercial scallop fishery.  These include simplifying the scallop quota management system, overrun provisions, scallop survey periods, matters concerning definition, possession, deploying and specifications of a scallop dredge and the minimum size of scallops.  A number of other minor amendments are also being progressed. 

Changes that relate to the recreational scallop fishery include defining the D’Entrecasteaux Channel as a discrete management area and introducing a minimum age to hold a scallop licence.

​What changes are proposed?

The proposed changes to the management plan are outlined in the Information Paper:

  Scallop Fishery Amendments Information Paper   (323Kb)

The main changes proposed include:

  • To establish the D'Entrecasteaux Channel as a separate management area, allowing for tailored openings, size and catch limits;
  • To adopt a more conventional total allowable catch (TAC) setting process for the commercial scallop fishery based on the number of quota units held on a scallop licence;
  • Changes to overrun provisions for the commercial fishery;
  • To determine an exploratory commercial survey period via public notice containing conditions;
  • To match scallop dredge dimensions used in the Commonwealth fishery, allowing the modification of maximum dredge size from 4.5 to 5.0 metres;
  • Introduce a minimum age for a recreational scallop licence and deem scallops in the possession of a child to be in the possession of the supervising adult;
  • Reduce the minimum size limit for commercial scallops taken by a commercial fisher from 90mm to 85mm. Note: IMAS research indicates this change will not impact the sustainability of the fishery and the change aligns with the size limit in the adjacent Commonwealth fishery.  There are no proposals to change the size limit for the recreational fishery which is set at a more conservative size to facilitate the automatic season opening each year; and
  • Other minor changes relating to the commercial fishery.

Key d​ocuments 

Please read the details of all proposed changes in the Information Paper before making a submission:

  Scallop Fishery Amendments Information Paper   (323Kb)

The new draft Management Plan - Fisheries (Scallop) Rules 2019.

  Draft Scallop Fishery Amendment Rules   (805Kb)

How responses to the amendments will be used

Written submissions will be considered by DPIPWE, and the Scallop Fisheries Advisory Committee (ScFAC) after the public consultation period has closed. 

DPIPWE will then prepare a report for the Minister on the submissions, including the Fishery Advisory Committees recommendations/comments and DPIPWE’s final recommendations for amendments to the management plan.

This report will be publicly available following the Minister’s consideration.  Responses to this paper will be summarised for inclusion in the report to the Minister.

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on this webpage at the same time as the report to the Minister is published. 

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published. 

For further information please email or phone (03) 6165 3045


Wild Fisheries Management Branch
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

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