The BSCZSF will be opened and fishing can commence at 00:01am Eastern Standard Time on 12 July 2019 and close on 31 December 2019. No scallop fishing is permitted before this time.

The AFMA Commission has determined the TAC at:

  • 3897 tonnes for Commercial scallops, and
  • 100 tonnes for Doughboy scallops

and four closures will apply for the season:

  • Flinders Island;
  • Apollo Bay 1;
  • King Island 7; and
  • King Island Bluedot Extended

Useful links:

Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery (Total Allowable Catch) Determination 2019 is available from

Fisheries Management (Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery) (Closures) Direction 2019 is available from

Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery Management Arrangements Booklet.

The 2019 Scallop Biomass Survey report.