Following the completion of scallop surveys and a recommendation by the Scallop Fishery Advisory Committee (ScFAC), an opening of the commercial scallop fishery has been approved by the Minister.
The fishery will open from midnight 24 June 2022 to 31 December 2022 with a total allowable catch (TAC) of 3,495 tonnes or 339kg/ unit.
The area to open will be State scallop waters south of Schouten Island and north of Tasman Island, excluding waters less than 20m, scallop dredge prohibited areas, along with a spawning biomass closure .
The map below depicts the open area.
Lower east scallop open area (left) scallop spawning biomass closure (right)
The Public Notice below establishes the TAC for the 2022 Tasmanian Scallop Fishery.
PUBLIC NOTICE TAC DETERMINATION SCALLOPS (PDF 30Kb)
The notice below establishes the open area and season dates for the commercial scallop fishery.
Notice Tasmanian Commercial Scallop Fishery 2022 Season Dates and Open Area (PDF 154Kb)
To fish in this year's commercial scallop season licence holders must apply to activate a fishing licence (scallop) by completing the 'Vary a Fishing Licence (Scallop)' application form. Participating vessels must also have an operating vessel monitoring system (VMS).
Queries can be directed to the Fisheries Compliance and Monitoring section (03) 6165 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploratory surveys undertaken by commercial vessels commenced in April and covered areas from Bicheno north to Babel Island along with the far northwest. The surveys were undertaken by commercial scallop vessels using commercial scallop dredges, with the aim of identifying scallops beds that might be considered for opening this season or a future season.
Targeted surveys of Marion Bay and White Rock took place in late April following a random stratified survey plan developed by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), 52 random dredge tows were allocated to the White Rock area and 30 in the Marion Bay survey area to determine scallop biomass. The surveys were overseen by independent IMAS and NRE Tas observers on board the participating vessels. In total 8,887 tonnes of scallop biomass was calculated for the survey area, White Rock and Marion Bay.
IMAS also undertook a towed camera survey of the White Rock survey area, repeating the survey undertaken in 2021 and 2022.
2022 scallop survey locations, blue dots targeted surveys, red dots exploratory surveys