The South Australian commercial abalone fishery takes Greenlip and Blacklip Abalone.
Abalone fisheries zone
The commercial abalone fishery is divided into 3 zones:
- Western zone
- Central zone
- Southern zone
There are currently no new licences available for commercial fishing in the abalone fishery.
Abalone licences last for the term of the Abalone Fishery management plan ().
The management plan expires in 2022.
Commercial licence fees must be paid each financial year. Invoices are issued annually in June.
Payments can be made:
- in a lump sum
- in quarterly installments.
Licences can be transferred from one person to another.
Boat registration and de-registration
Every boat that is used for commercial fishing must be registered.
Use the application to vary a boat registration endorsement () to register or de-register a boat.
Boat master registration
All people who act as a commercial fishing boat master must be registered by the licence holder.
Multiple boat masters can be registered using the form below.
Fishery quota transfer
Licence holders can transfer their quota entitlements to another licence holder in the same zone.
Transfers can be made on a temporary or permanent basis.
See the forms below for more information.
- Abalone central zone quota transfer ()
- Abalone southern zone quota transfer ()
- Abalone western zone quota transfer ()
Abalone Fishery management
- Abalone fishery management plan ()
- Ecologically Sustainable Development Risk Assessment report 2009 for the Abalone Fishery ().
Stock assessment reports:
- Western Zone Abalone Blacklip (Haliotis rubra) and Greenlip (H. laevigata) Fishery in 2016 ()
- Assessment of the Southern Zone Abalone (Haliotis rubra and H. laevigata) Fishery in 2015/16 ()
- Status of the Central Zone Greenlip (Haliotis laevigata) and Blacklip Abalone (H. rubra) Fisheries in 2016. Report for PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture ()
Economic indicator reports
Department of Environment
The Commonwealth Department of the Environment requires that all commercial fisheries that export product be assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Product from the Abalone Fishery is currently approved for export.
For more information, go to the South Australian fisheries page on the Department of the Environment website.
Fishing activities in the Abalone Fishery are regulated in the:
- Fisheries Management (Abalone Fisheries) Regulations 2017
- Fisheries Management (General) Regulations 2017.
See the closures page for information about abalone closures.
Phone: (08) 8429 0142