Victoria

Abalone Victoria

Abalone Council Victoria has objectives that represent the organisation’s goals as a representative body of its members, and has been established to:

1. Effectively represent the interests of Abalone entitlement holders on operational fishery management matters

2. Promote the development of a unified and coordinated approach to operational fishery management matters by Abalone entitlement holders

3. Contribute to the sustainable, responsible and efficient use of the Abalone resource

4. Operate to ensure transparency and accountability to the government and the Abalone Fishery entitlement holders for the use of Grant Levy funds.

For more information on Abalone Council Victoria, visit their website.

Total Allowable Catch

The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) undertakes a process to set the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) for abalone each year. Before setting a TACC, the department undertakes a stock assessment which provides information on the status of abalone stocks. This information is considered by the department and industry at TACC Forums in each management zone. At the forums, a TACC is recommended, through a weight of evidence approach, on a sustainable level of catch. Based on the forum recommendations, a draft TACC for each abalone management zone is proposed, which is released for a period of public consultation before making a final decision. The process for setting the abalone TACC is summarised in the flow chart.

The quota year commences on 1 April and continues until 31 March of the following year.

For more information on Victorian Abalone fishery management, visit the Victorian Fisheries Authority website

Zone

2020/21 TAC
(kgs)

2019/20 TAC
(kgs)

2018/19 TAC
(kgs)

2017/18 TAC
(kgs)

2016/17 TAC
(kgs)

2015/17 TAC
(kgs)

Eastern Zone Black

337,500 345,500 346,500 352,500 363,000 376,000

Central Zone Green

3,400 3,400 3,400 3,400 3,400 3,400

Central Zone Black

252,600 262,500 274,000 274,000 280,200 307,700

Western Zone Black

68,700 73,200 70,000 63,200 62,500 61,700

Western Zone Green

1,400 1,400 1,400 1,400 0 0

TOTAL

663,600

686,000

695,300

694,500

709,100

748,800