Commercial fishing for scallops has been part of the Victorian fishing industry since the early 1970's. In 1986, management of the Bass Strait Scallop Fishery was split between the Commonwealth, Tasmania and Victoria under an Offshore Constitutional Settlement (OCS). Through the OCS, three zones emerged: the Commonwealth central zone, a Victorian zone and a Tasmanian zone.
The waters of the Victorian zone extend out to 20 nautical miles from the high tide water mark, but exclude the bays and inlets along the coast where commercial fishing for scallops is prohibited.
The fishery is characterised by highly variable catches due to severe fluctuations in the resource. In some years, there are so few scallops that fishing cannot take place as it would put undue pressure on stocks and threaten the long-term survival of the stock and fishery.
- Details the Victorian Scallop Fishery, including species information, fishery location, fishing method, management arrangements and fishery statistics.
- Details the process and methods used for setting the annual total allowable catch
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