Shellfish and Shell Collecting

​​​​Shellfish Bag Limits

The following daily bag limits apply for shellfish:​

SpeciesDaily Bag Limit
Clams, cockles and pipis (species combined)
Wedge shells (type of small pipi)200
Mussels ​100
Periwinkles (Turbo undulatus only)
Pacific oysters ​no limit
Native oysters ​50
Other shellfish (species combined) except protected species
(*Does not include abalone or scallops, see below)

There are some exemptions in place for Aboriginal people participating in ​Aboriginal fishing activities.

Recreational fishers can only use their hands to collect clams, cockles, pipis and wedge shells. Equipment such as rakes or spades are prohibited.

*See the relevant sections for details about abalone and scallop fishing.

Protected Shellfish

The taking of limpets and elephant snails is prohibited as they are protected species under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995.

​​Shell Collecting

There is no restriction on shell collecting from beaches provided that the shell does not contain the living organism, that is, it is not a live shellfish when taken. There are limits on the collection of live shellfish. Shells cannot be collected from reserved land - contact the Parks and Wildlife Service for more information.

Safety of Shellfish for Eating

For advice about the safety of shellfish for eating, see the Safety of Seafood for Eating page.


​For shellfish and shell collection rules in Simplified Chinese, see the 贝类以及贝壳收集​ page. 

Illustrations by Peter Gouldthorpe


Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647