Shellfish and Shell Collecting
Safety of Shellfish for Eating
Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995.
See the relevant sections for details about abalone and scallop fishing.
The combined limit of 20 shellfish of other shellfish species has been set primarily to protect populations of shellfish, which are targeted for shell collections and making necklaces. There are some exemptions for Aborigines partaking in aboriginal fishing activities.
It should be noted that recreational fishers must only use their hands to collect clams, cockles, pipis and wedge shells. Equipment such as rakes or spades are prohibited.
Tasmania is periodically affected by toxic algal blooms, so follow any current Public Health warnings. If in doubt about the water quality or the safety of bivalve shellfish for eating, contact the Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (TSQAP) for more information. You can visit the TSQAP website for advice or phone them on (03) 6222 7718 or 0419 577 048.
For advice about the safety of scalefish and other seafood for eating, see the Safety of Seafood for Eating page.
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