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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 >> Legislative framework >> Wild fisheries management plans

The Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 (Tas.) makes provision for the formulation and introduction of management plans to manage each of Tasmania's wild fisheries. Examples of management plans include:

  • abalone fishery, commenced in January 1998
  • rock lobster fishery, commenced in March 1998
  • scalefish fishery, commenced in November 1998
  • giant crab fishery, commenced in September 1999
  • scallop fishery, commenced in June 2000

Management plans for the jack mackerel fishery are being developed with implementation planned for 2002, and management plans are being considered for sea urchins, octopus and inshore clams.


To ensure that plans cannot become outdated, each has a built-in period for review.
  • The abalone fishery management plan review in 1999 focused on the refinement of the quota system into geographical fishing zones. Further smaller reviews have continued to refine the zoning system and size limits to an increasing level of resolution.
  • The scalefish fishery management plan review in 2001 resulted in changes to the original plan. These included the banning of otter board trawling, the non-transferability of fishing licences (Scalefish C), additional commercial netting restrictions and the introduction of bag and possession limits for recreational fishers.
  • The rock lobster and giant crab plans were reviewed in 2000 and combined into a new single plan, which was implemented in 2001.

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