The Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop fishery (BSCZSF) will be opened and fishing can commence at 00:01am EST on 19 July and close on 31 December 2018.

No scallop fishing is permitted before this time.

View the 2018 BSCZSF Management Arrangement Booklet on the AFMA website.

A summary of key changes, including the Total Allowable Catch, closures and concession conditions is provided below. Please note it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with all relevant legislative requirements when operating in the fishery.

Total Allowable Catch (TAC)

The AFMA Commission has set the TAC consistent with the BSCZSF Harvest Strategy:

  • 3876 tonnes for Commercial scallops (Pecten fumatus)
  • 100 tonnes for Doughboy scallops (Chlamys (Mimachlamys) asperrimus).
Species TAC (tonnes) Number of quota SFRs Conversion factor (kg/SFR)
Commercial Scallop 3876 444,500 8.71991
Doughboy Scallop 100 455,000 0.21978

Areas closed to fishing

In accordance with the BSCZSF Harvest Strategy and section 41A(2) of the Fisheries Management Act 1991, the five areas defined in the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery (Closure) Direction 2018 are closed. Indicative maps of the closures are provided in the back of the Management Arrangements Booklet.

Changes to concession conditions on BSCZSF Statutory Fishing Rights

Concession conditions have been updated to reflect the closures.

These amendments are made in accordance with section 22(5) of the Fisheries Management Act 1991 (the Act) and are appealable under section 165 of the Act.

Survey report for the 2018 survey

The Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery 2018 Survey report will be available on the AFMA website soon.  The report will contain maps which show the density of scallops in kg/1000 m2 of the various beds surveyed during 2018 which may be of interest to fishers.