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Species Information

Australia's Seafood by Season at a Glance

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CRUSTACEANS & MOLLUSCS

January Febuary March April May June July August September October November December
Abalone                        
Blacklip Abalone
Haliotis rubra
wild 
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Peak Available Supply
farmed  Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil
Greenlip Abalone
Haliotis laevigata
wild 
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
farmed  Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil   Limited to Nil Limited to Nil  Limited to Nil  Limited to Nil  Limited to Nil   Limited to Nil Limited to Nil   Limited to Nil Limited to Nil
Roe's Abalone
Haliotis roei
Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Peak Peak Peak
Brownlip Abalone
Haliotis conicopora
Available Supply Available Supply Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Bug                        
Balmian Bug
Ibucus species
Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Moreton Bay Bug
Thenus species
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Blue Swimmer Crab
Portunus pelagicus
Peak Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Peak Peak
Giant Crab
Pseudocarcinus gigas
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Available Supply Available Supply
Mud Crab
Scylla species
Peak Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Sand Crab
Ovalipes species
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Spanner Crab
Ranina ranina
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Peak Peak Peak Closure Closure
Freshwater Crayfish                        
Yabby
Cherax species, except C. quadricarinatus, C. cainii, C. tenuimanus
wild 
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
farmed  Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Redclaw
Cherax quadricarinatus
farmed 
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Marron
Cherax tenuimanus, C. cainii
farmed 
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Blue Mussel
Mytilus galloprovincialis
wild 
Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil
farmed  Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Octopus
Octopus Species
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Oyster                        
Sydney Rock Oyster
Saccostrea glomerata
Peak Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Peak Peak Peak
Pacific Oyster
Crassostrea gigas
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Peak Peak Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Banana Prawn
Fenneropenaeus indicus, F. merguiensis
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Limited to Nil
King Prawn
Melicertus latisulcatus, M. plebejus, M. longistylus
Available Supply Available Supply Peak Peak Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
School Prawn                        
Endeavour Prawn
Metapenaeus endeavouri, M. ensis
Closure Limited to Nil Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Limited to Nil
Bay Prawn
Metapenaeus bennettae, M. insolitus
Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Available Supply Available Supply Peak Peak Peak
Other School Prawns
Other Metapenaeus species
Peak Peak Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Peak Peak Peak
Tiger Prawn                        
Other Tiger Prawns
Penaeus esculentus, P. semisulcatus
Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Peak Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Limited to Nil
Tiger Prawn
Marsupenaeus japonicus
farmed 
 Limited to Nil Available Supply Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Limited to Nil   Limited to Nil Limited to Nil 
Black Tiger Prawn
Penaeus monodon
farmed 
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Rocklobster                        
Southern Rocklobster
Jasus edwardsii
Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Limited to Nil Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Eastern Rocklobster
Jasus verreauxi
Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Peak Peak Peak Peak
Western Rocklobster
Panulirus cygnus
Peak Peak Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Closure Closure Closure Closure Available Supply Peak
Tropical Rocklobster
Panulirus species, except P. cygnus
Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Limited to Nil Limited to Nil
Scallop                        
Commercial Scallop
Pecten fumatus
wild 
Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Limited to Nil Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
farmed  Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Saucer Scallop
Amusium species
Available Supply Available Supply Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Squid                        
Gould's Squid
Nototodarus gouldi
Available Supply Peak Peak Peak Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Loligo Squid
Loligo species
Available Supply Available Supply Peak Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Peak
Southern Calamari
Sepioteuthis australis
Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply
Northern Calamari
Sepioteuthis lessoniana
Closure Closure Closure Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Closure Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Available Supply Closure
Adapted from 'Australian Seafood by Season', which is © The State of Queensland, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries 2008 (and reproduced with their kind permission). The copyright owner gives no warranty in relation to the work/data (including accuracy, reliability, completeness or suitability) and no liability is accepted for any loss, damage or costs (including consequential damage) relating to any use of the work/data. Work/Data must not be used or adapted for any commercial or non-commercial use without the prior written consent of the copyright owner.
  1. Greenlip Abalone closure - NSW (20 Dec to 17 Jan) - Vic (Oct to March inclusive)
  2. Moreton Bay Bug closure - NT (Dec to Mar inclusive and Jul)
  3. Giant Crab closures - Tas (Feb 14 to 28 and Sept 1 to Nov 18) - Vic (Sept 1 to Nov 15)
  4. Spanner Crab closures - Qld & NSW (Nov 20 to Dec 20)
  5. Banana Prawn closures - NT (Dec to Mar inclusive and Jul) - WA (Dec to Feb inclusive)
  6. King Prawn closure - NT (Dec to Mar inclusive and Jul)
  7. Endeavour Prawns closures - WA (Dec and Jan) - Qld (Jan and Feb) - NT (Dec to Mar inclusive and Jul)
  8. Other Tiger Prawn closures - NT (Dec to Mar inclusive and Jul) - WA (Dec and Jan)
  9. Southern Rock Lobster closure - TAS (Feb 14 to 28 and Sept 1 to Nov 18) - Vic (Sept 1 to Nov 15) - SA (Jun and Sep)
  10. Western Rock Lobster closure - WA (Jun 30 to Nov 15)
  11. Commercial Scallops (wild) closures - Tas and Vic (Jan to May inclusive)
  12. Saucer Scallops closure - NT (Dec to Mar inclusive and Jul)
  13. Asian Squid closure - NT (Dec to Mar inclusive and Jul)
  14. Northern Calamari closure - NT (Dec to Mar inclusive and Jul)