The fishery is managed by:
- a transferable quota system. Each of the 116 scallop licences has a number of tradeable units attached to it; each unit allows the holder to take 500 kg of scallops. The maximum potential catch for the fleet is capped at close to the long-term annual average catch of about 4,500 tonnes.
- a limited season (July - October) when beds with commercial quantities of fish are identified.
- a 80 mm minimum size limit, which allows for the scallops to have spawned twice before they are harvested.
- closed areas to protect juvenile beds.
- prohibition of dredging in sensitive inshore areas.
Further information can be found on the Scallop Fishery page on the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment web site.
- a combination of telephone reporting and paper documentation by fishers to record the weight and other details.