The Scallop Resource Assessment Group (ScallopRAG) and Scallop Management Advisory Committee (ScallopMAC) met on 6 and 7 June respectively to consider the outcomes of the 2019 biomass survey for the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery.

The ScallopRAG made the following recommendation for the 2019 season which was supported by ScallopMAC:

  • the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) be set at 4000 tonnes (less survey quota)
  • and that the following areas be closed to protect spawning biomass
    • Flinders Island (area of 2018 closure) (FI)
    • Apollo Bay 1 (AB-1)
    • King Island Blue Dot East (KIBDE)
    • King Island 7 (KI7)

ScallopRAG and MAC also supported voluntary closure of the bed of juvenile scallops off King Island (‘JH area’) by industry. 

The advice provided by ScallopRAG and ScallopMAC will be considered by the AFMA Commission in June. Should the AFMA Commission decide to set a TAC for the Fishery, AFMA management expects the fishery could be opened around early to mid-July.

This update provides ScallopRAG and ScallopMAC’s current recommendations. It does not represent the views of the AFMA Commission; the Commission may make decisions that are different to these recommendations.

Summary table of information collected for each of the beds surveyed during the 2019 Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery annual biomass survey. Information includes: estimated biomass (t), % weight greater than 85 mm, estimated biomass of scallops > 85mm, density of individual per square metre, mean size and meats per kg.  FI = Flinders Island, KI = King Island, AB = Apollo Bay. Source: Fishwell Consulting.

Area

Bed

Estimated biomass (t)

% weight > 85 mm

Estimated
Biomass >85 mm (t)

Density (ind/m2)

Mean size

Meats / kg

FI

FI1

1,961

84.8

1,607

0.211

90.5

68

 

Sub-total

1,961

 

1,607

     

KI

KI5Small

1,612

99.7

1,609

0.170

107.8

62

KI

KIBDE

8,353

86.5

7,135

1.597

90.6

80

KI

KIBDSE

19,592

94.2

18,714

3.088

92.8

88

KI

KINew

1,182

100.0

1,182

0.173

110.6

54

KI

KI6

1,960

99.0

1,932

1.458

100.5

71

KI

KI7

837

94.9

816

0.599

97.4

157

KI

KI8a

795

98.3

782

2.156

101.8

72

KI

KI8a

363

97.9

357

1.230

101.0

66

KI

KI9

9,616

96.6

9,398

2.867

95.7

84

KI

JH - Uncov

956

8.7

119

0.842

61.0

 

 

Sub-total

45,267

 

42,045

     

AB

Apollo1

631

99.9

631

0.390

104.5

 

AB

Apollo2

886

99.9

886

0.563

104.4

60

 

Sub-total

1,517

 

1,517

     

 

 Total

48,745

 

45,169