Recreational Scallop Research

​DPIPWE 2020 Post-Season Scallop Survey

Almost 500 respondents participated in a DPIPWE post-season survey of the 2020 recreational scallop season.

The aim of the survey was to give licensed scallop fishers an opportunity to provide feedback about the timing of the season which changed because of Covid restrictions. Most respondents indicated that the best months for scallop catch rates and meat quality are August to September. This will be taken into account during future scallop management planning.

  Recreational Scallop Season 2020 Post-Season Survey Summary​   (600Kb)

D'Entrecasteaux Channel Scallop Survey 2017

Title: D'Entrecasteaux Channel Scallop Survey and Stock Status: 2017

Lead Agency: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

The 2017 scallop survey found:

  • Commercial and doughboy scallops remain in very low densities in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
  • While moderate densities of queen scallops are present they are restricted to small and isolated beds in the central Channel region.  There is evidence of a number of cohorts in the queen scallop population, suggesting some limited recruitment in recent years.  The dominant size class is in the 80-90 mm size range and there are relatively few individuals larger than 100 mm.
  • The low standing stock of legal-sized queen scallops, overall limited area of the main beds and very low abundances of both commercial and doughboy scallops provide no scientific basis upon which to expect any recovery of stocks that would justify a scallop fishery in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel for at least the next 3-5 years.


D'Entrecasteaux Channel Scallop Assessment Report 2006-2012

D'Entrecasteaux Scallop Report CoverTitle: Assessment of scallop populations in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel 2006-2012
Lead Agency: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

A fishery assessment report outlines the status of scallop populations in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel between 2006-2012. IMAS conducts recreational scallop fishery surveys every two years.

The D’Entrecasteaux Channel was closed to recreational fishing in 2011 and 2012 due to an assessment of low stocks and poor recruitment. This report summarises the findings of the IMAS dive surveys of scallop populations in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from 2006 - 2012.

The dive surveys have been designed to provide basic population information on the scallop stocks, including relative trends in population size.




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