Tasmania's commercial scallop fishery to open in September
The Tasmanian scallop fishery will open for commercial harvesting next month (September) for the first time since 2015.
The season will open in an area east of Flinders Island from Wednesday 1 September to Friday 31 December 2021.
The commercial scallop fishery had been closed for six years due to low stock numbers.
The decision to open Tasmania’s scallop fishery this season was made after the completion and analysis of recent stock surveys, undertaken in June and July this year after a research plan was developed by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). The IMAS analysis of the survey indicated scallop abundance, catch rates and size and the results in the vicinity of Babel Island, east of Flinders Island met the acceptable sustainability criteria for opening.
The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the fishery has been set at 1494.9 tonnes or 145 kg/unit.