The Scallop Dive (Port Phillip Bay) Fishery
The Scallop Dive (Port Phillip Bay) Fishery was established in 2013 following the public auction of a single commercial fishery access licence.
The only species that can be harvested under the Scallop Dive (Port Phillip Bay) Fishery Access Licence are the commercial scallop and the doughboy scallop.
The fishery is managed under a Quota Management System that is similar to that used to manage Victoria's commercial rock lobster and abalone fisheries and with input controls that include:
- a single commercial access licence;
- harvest by hand only;
- six harvest zones;
- a 90 millimetre legal minimum size; and
- a prohibition on commercial fishing in certain areas of the bay.
The fishery is managed in accordance with the Commercial Scallop Dive Fishery (Port Phillip Bay) Baseline Management Arrangements and the Fisheries Regulations 2009.
For more information on the Scallop Dive (Port Phillip Bay) Fishery, refer to these Frequently asked questions .
The licence holder is required to submit to Fisheries Victoria no later than 31 May of each year an annual performance report outlining the performance of the fishery for the previous twelve months.
The annual report must include the following:
- catch information (by zone and month);
- effort information (by zone and month); and
- information on data collection, analyses and assessments completed.
2016/17 Total Allowable Commercial Catch
Fisheries Victoria set the 2016/17 Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) for the Scallop Dive (Port Phillip Bay) Fishery at 250 tonnes in January 2016.
The TACC period extends from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.
Attached is the Further Quota Order that formally established this TACC.
Draft Port Phillip Scallop Dive Fishery Management Plan
Fisheries Victoria has prepared a draft management plan for the Scallop Dive (Port Phillip Bay) Fishery in consultation with a stakeholder-based steering committee comprised of recreational and commercial fishing representatives and Fisheries Victoria staff.
The draft plan outlines proposed management arrangements for the next five years so that recreational, commercial and conservation interests have a clear framework for sustainably managing the scallop resource in Port Phillip.
The draft management plan maintains existing recreational fishing arrangements for scallops, including recreational only areas, and details the process for setting the annual TACC that the licence holder can harvest.
A summary of this draft management is available in Key points of the Scallop Dive Management Plan .
Consultation on the 2016/17 TACC and draft management plan
Fisheries Victoria held public forums in Queenscliff (10 November) and Mornington (11 November) to discuss the draft management plan and how its implementation would affect the TACC for the 2016/17 fishing season. Additional consultation with key stakeholders and stakeholder groups was also undertaken.
The following presentations were made and documents distributed during the consultation period: