The Tasmanian scallop fishery is primarily based on the harvest of the commercial scallop. Although commercial fishers can legally take the doughboy scallop and the queen scallop, these species have only minor commercial significance in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian scallop fishery has been closed since 2015. Based on information on the DPIPWE website, in July 2020 the Scallop Fishery Advisory Committee submitted a recommendation the fishery reopening; a majority of industry members on the committee recommended that some specific areas be opened to commercial scallop fishing during 2020. The Minister has not supported this recommendation, so the Tasmanian Scallop Fishery remains closed for commercial harvest in 2020. More information regarding this decision can be found on the DPIPWE website.
Towed dredges are used by scallop fishers to harvest their catch. The dredge used in the fishery is constructed of a heavy steel frame covered with steel mesh but open on the front side, which is towed and is used to lift scallops out of the sand and mud.