Abalone from Tasmania: sourcing/harvesting restrictions (2017-02)

Date of issue: 11 July 2017

Date of effect: immediate

Previous advice: 16 November 2016


To notify export registered establishments and exporters sourcing abalone from Tasmania, of sourcing/harvesting restrictions.

Change to catch zone status for export eligible Tasmanian abalone (Haliotis spp.)

Catch zones, blocks 20A and 20B, have been closed by the Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industry Parks Water and Environment (DPIPWE).

The export of live, chilled and frozen abalone with or without viscera, and the export of viscera and viscera products and canned products are permitted for all areas except from the blocks listed.

Catch zone status
BlockExport of live, chilled and frozen—with visceraExport of chilled and frozen—without visceraExport of canned—without visceraExport of viscera and viscera products
*All other blocksYesYesYesYes

*providing blocks are open in accordance with fisheries regulations

Direction to export registered establishments and exporters

To support the export of abalone from Tasmania you must:

  • Record the block numbers where abalone have been sourced on Declarations of Compliance, to demonstrate traceability.
  • Record an additional declaration on the transfer certificate: The abalone or abalone products in this consignment were not sourced from an area affected by paralytic shellfish toxin.’

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is issuing this direction in writing under Order 75 of the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

Further information

Contact Dairy Eggs Fish if you have any queries about abalone export.

Contact the DPIPWE fisheries section for queries about the commercial abalone fishery in Tasmania.

The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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