Calamari Fishery Management Options

Southern calamari  
The calamari fishery is facing increased fishing pressure from both the recreational and commercial sectors and is impacted by changing environmental conditions. Calamari stocks have been assessed as depleting for the past three years by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and so now require new management controls.

A discussion paper putting forward possible management options to meet stock sustainability targets was released in October 2021. Commercial and recreational fishers and the broader community completed the surveys on the options proposed.

The options for possible changes include:
  • introducing limited licences to the commercial fishery, and
  • reducing catch limits for recreational fishers.
This is an informal feedback stage to gain early involvement from the broader fishing community. A summary of responses to the surveys will be posted on this website.

You will have a further opportunity to comment on any final proposed changes to the Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015.

Discussion Paper


Calamari Fishery Management
Wild Fisheries Management Branch
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Mobile: 0457 006 821

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