Commercial scallops are found in the Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria and caught within 20 nautical miles of their respective coasts.
The Commercial Scallops (Pecten fumatus) from Tasmania are managed by a total allowable catch, seasonal and spatial closures. The catch limit restricts the total weight of scallops that can be caught each season and is apportioned between individual fishers. Management arrangements, including catch limits and closure areas are developed each season by the Australian Federal Management Authority (AFMA) in consultation with the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Management Advisory Committee and the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Resource Assessment Group.
Scallop meat are packed on the day of harvest. Freezing the product ensures that the unique fresh sea flavour and premium quality is maintained from ocean to plate.
Friend of the Sea Sustainable Aquaculture Criteria require:
- no impact on critical habitat (e.g.: mangroves, wetlands, etc)
- compliance with waste water parameters
- reduction of escapes and by-catches to a negligible level
- no use of harmful anti-foulants nor growth hormones
- compliance with Social Accountability