The Scallop Management Advisory Committee is the principle forum where issues relating to the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery are discussed, problems identified and possible solutions developed.

The committee is advised by the Scallop Resource Assessment Group on the status of fish stocks, sub stocks, species (target and non-target), the impact of fishing on the marine environment and the type of information needed for stock assessments.

It also provides an avenue for consultation between industry, managers, researchers, environment and conservation groups, and state government officers. The committee continues to be AFMA’s main source of advice on the management of the fishery.

Recent discussion topics

Download the June 2021 ScallopMAC minutes meeting 34

Next meeting

The next committee meeting will be in late February/ early March 2022.

Current research priorities

  • Research surveys to estimate scallop biomass
  • Linking scallop spawning, settlement and condition to spatial harvest and industry in-season management strategies
  • Assessing the impact of marine seismic surveys on southeast Australian fisheries

Past meetings

Past decisions and outcomes can be found on the Scallop Management Advisory Committee past meetings page.


Members are appointed for the period 1 May 2021 until 31 March 2024.

  • Dr Daryl McPhee, Chair
  • Dr Lara Ainley, AFMA member
  • Professor Brendan Kelaher, scientific member
  • Mr Peter Mellios, industry member
  • Mr John Hammond, industry member
  • Mr Stuart Richey, industry member
  • Ms Debbie Wisby, industry member
  • Mr Andrew Watts, industry member
  • Mr John Cull, industry member
  • Mr Julian Morison, economic member
  • Dr Sylvia Zukowski, environment/conservation member


Heather Johnston
Executive Officer
Tel: 0419 753 619
Email: heather.johnston [at]