ScallopRAG and ScallopMAC met on 7 and 9 June, respectively, to consider the outcomes of the 2022 pre-season biomass survey for the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery (BSCZSF) and provide advice to the AFMA Commission on the total allowable catches (TACs), closures and season dates for the BSCZSF 2022 fishing season. The information provided below does not represent the view of the AFMA Commission, who are yet to consider this advice or come to a resolution on the settings for the 2022 fishing season.

ScallopRAG made the following recommendations, which were supported by ScallopMAC and will be presented to the AFMA Commission:

  • The commercial scallop TAC be set at 4,000 t (less research catch allowance).
  • The doughboy scallop TAC be set at 100 t.
  • The following areas be closed:
    • Apollo Bay The Hill east (estimated biomass – 4,587 t)
    • King Island 9 (estimated biomass - 4,007 t)
    • Flinders Island North of Babel A (estimated biomass - 352 t)
    • Flinders Island The Wreck A North (estimated biomass – 897 t)
  • The fishing season to open on 12 July 2022, or soon thereafter, and close 31 December 2022.

The final meeting minutes and recommendations from ScallopRAG 40 and ScallopMAC 37 will be available on the AFMA website as soon as possible.

 Table 1: Summary of information collected for each of the beds surveyed during the 2022 BSCZSF annual biomass survey. AB = Apollo Bay, KI = King Island and FI = Flinders Island. Source: Fishwell Consulting.
 

Area

Bed

Estimated biomass (t)

% weight > 85 mm

Estimated biomass > 85 mm (t)

Density (ind/m2)

Mean size

Meats/kg (>85 mm)

Apollo Bay

AB 5 Hours

1,037

97.8

1,014

0.43

97

98

 

AB The Hill

14,601

82.5

12,050

2.39

93

158

 

AB Sub total

15,638

 

13,064

 

 

 

Flinders Island

FI NB

1,578

97.8

1,544

0.34

101

54

 

FI The Wreck A

1,856

99.1

1,839

0.43

100

52

 

FI The Wreck B

1,632

99.4

1,622

0.36

105

48

 

FI Sub total

5,066

 

5,005

 

 

 

King Island

KI-10

3,860

82.3

3,178

2.06

95

70

 

KI-7

313

46.9

147

0.14

83

91

 

KI-9

10,482

38.2

4,007

1.17

87

108

 

KI-BDSE

12,707

49.4

6,278

0.97

88

80

 

KI-BDE

234

91.4

214

0.05

91

70

 

KI Sub total

27,596

 

13,824

 

 

 

Total

 

48,300

 

31,893