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Rock lobster

The recreational rock lobster season in the Western Region closes from Thursday 31 August at midnight.

Striped trumpeter

The striped trumpeter fishery closes for recreational and commercial fishers for a two month period from this Friday, 1 September to 31 October inclusive. The closure protects fish during the spawning season when they are most vulnerable to capture.

Check season dates for Striped trumpeter


Read the IMAS                              scallop survey report

D'Entrecasteaux scallop survey

An IMAS survey has found no scientific basis to justify opening a scallop fishery in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel for the next 3-5 years. Commercial and doughboy scallops remain in very low densities in the Channel which has been closed to recreational fishers for the past six years.

Abalone                              management plan proposals

Abalone management changes proposed

Proposed amendments to the Abalone Fishery Management Plan have been released relating mainly to the commercial fishery. There are no changes to recreational size, bag or possession limits, although tightening of receipt requirements and on-water possession limits for non-licensed fishers are included. Public comment on these proposals is open until 23 October.

East Coast wild shellfish warning

The Public Health warning already in place not to eat wild shellfish from areas of the East Coast has now been extended to include Little Swanport.   Other locations are Great Oyster Bay, Great Swanport, Nubeena/Wedge Bay and the east coast of Bruny Island including Adventure Bay.

Wild shellfish include: oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, cockles and wedge shells. Abalone, scallop roes and the intestines and livers of rock lobster can also be affected when toxic algal blooms are present.

Read the Public Health warning
Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
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