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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2002   
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Contents >> Fishing >> Wild fisheries >> Scallops

The recent history of the Tasmanian scallop fishing industry has seen it closed, or fished at very low levels, because the spawning stock is at such a low level the successful settlement of juveniles is likely to occur at very irregular intervals.

There was a rapid expansion of fishing effort in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which led to a peak landing of about 12,000 tonnes in 1983. By 1987 all the main beds had been depleted and the fishery was closed for 8 years.

In 1999, some 4,500 tonnes of scallops (live weight) was landed with an estimated value of $6.3m.

This section contains the following subsection :
          Management of the scallop fishery

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