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Dates for the Closed Season for Part of the Commercial Scalefish Fishery

Notice under Rule 11 of the Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015 for the seasonal closure of the Commercial Garfish Fishery.

Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995

Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015, Rule 11


I, Robert Gott, Director (Marine Resources), acting under Rule 11 of the Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015 and in accordance with delegated authority under section 20(1) of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 hereby determine that the dates of the closed season for the commercial fishery for garfish that involves the take or possession for commercial purposes of all species of garfish (family Hemiramphidae) in State waters, for northern and southern waters are as follows:

Southern Waters closed between:

  • 15 November 2016 and 14 December 2016
  • 15 November 2017 and 14 December 2017
  • 15 November 2018 and 14 December 2018

Northern Waters closed between:

  • 15 January 2017 and 14 February 2017
  • 15 January 2018 and 14 February 2018
  • 15 January 2019 and 14 February 2019

Northern and southern waters are delineated by a line following the north coast of Tasmania, joined and bounded in the west by a line of latitude (40° 38’ 28.57”S) through Cape Grim and in the east by a line of latitude (40° 49’ 14.23”S) through Cape Naturaliste. All waters to the north of this line are Northern Waters and all waters to the south of this line are Southern Waters.

Dated this seventh day of November 2016

Robert Gott



No commercial fisher may take, or be in possession of any species of garfish of the family Hemiramphidae in State waters during the closed period. The lines of latitude refer to the northern boundaries of fishing blocks 4D43 off Cape Grim and 4H33 off Cape Naturaliste.

The closure does not apply to recreational fishers.

Please contact the Wild Fisheries Management Branch on (03) 6165 3044 if you require further information.​