The Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery (BSCZSF) opened on 11 July 2017 and will close on 31 December 2017.
The AFMA Commission has set the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) consistent with the BSCZSF Harvest Strategy at the following levels:
- 3000 tonnes for Commercial scallops (Pecten fumatus) and
- 100 tonnes for Doughboy scallops (Chlamys (Mimachlamys) asperrimus).
The TAC for Commercial scallops will be increased by 500 tonne increments up to a maximum of 5000 tonnes within the season, should the following triggers be reached:
- 2600 tonnes caught will trigger a TAC increase to 3500 tonnes
- 3100 tonnes caught will trigger a TAC increase to 4000 tonnes
- 3600 tonnes caught will trigger a TAC increase to 4500 tonnes
- 4100 tonnes caught will trigger TAC increase to 5000 tonnes.
If the catch approaches a TAC trigger towards the end of the season, the Co-management Committee in consultation with industry, will advise AFMA on or before 31 October 2017 if the TAC should be increased for the final stage of the season.
Areas closed to fishing
Two areas (Apollo Bay Beds 1-4 and Flinders Island Beds 1-4) are closed to fishing until 31 December 2017 to protect spawning biomass. The remaining area of the fishery is open during this time.
Voluntary industry closure
The Bass Strait Scallop Industry Co-management Committee has decided to introduce a voluntary industry closure over a new area generally known as Blue Dot east of King Island effective from the season opening and until meats become commercially viable for the majority of operators.
A further review of this voluntary closed area in mid-July has resulted in some changes to the initial voluntary closure boundaries which are designed to protect a known scallop area not suitable for immediate harvest due to the size and age of the scallops.
If you have any queries regarding the voluntary closure, please contact to Bob Lister industry coordinator on:
Phone: 0427 278 270
Email: boblister22 [at] bigpond.com
The 2017 scallop density survey maps from Flinders Island, Apollo Bay and King Island show the density of scallops in kg / 1000 m2 caught during survey shots without accounting for selectivity of the dredge. The centre of each bubble is at the start position of every survey tow. The higher the density, the larger the bubble.
The scale is shown in the bottom left. Red bubbles show tows that had no scallops. Yellow boxes are the beds surveyed, and red boxes show the proposed closed areas.