Abalone from Tasmania: sourcing/harvesting restrictions (2017-14)

Date of issue: 24 November 2017
Supersedes: Industry Advice Notice 2017-09

Purpose

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

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

Catch zones and 20A and 20B were opened by the Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) on 10/11/2017.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is issuing this direction under Order 75 of the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005 that catch zones, blocks:

22A, 22B, 22C, 23A, 23B, 24D, 24E, 26B, 26C, 26D, 27A, 27B, 27C, 27D and 27E are closed for export effective 00:01 Monday 27 November 2017. Blocks that are in bold text in the table have been closed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

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 (providing blocks are open in accordance with fisheries regulations) except from the blocks listed and marked as ‘No’ in the Catch zone status table.

No product from the listed harvest areas can be supplied to the export chain.

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
22ANoNoNoNo
22BNoNoNoNo
22CNoNoNoNo
23ANoNoNoNo
23BNoNoNoNo
24ANoNoNoNo
24BNoNoNoNo
24CNoNoNoNo
24DNoNoNoNo
24ENoNoNoNo
25NoNoNoNo
26ANoNoNoNo
26BNoNoNoNo
26CNoNoNoNo
26DNoNoNoNo
27ANoNoNoNo
27BNoNoNoNo
27CNoNoNoNo
27DNoNoNoNo
27ENoNoNoNo
28ANoNoNoNo
28BNoNoNoNo
30ANoNoNoNo

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 biotoxins.’

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.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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