The Southern Scallop Fishery (SCA 7)

The Southern Scallop Fishery (SCA 7) is closed to fishing. It will remain closed until the scallop populations recover. Find out about what’s happening with SCA 7 and how to stay informed.

What is the status of the fishery?

The Minister of Fisheries closed the Southern Scallop Fishery (Marlborough Sounds, Golden Bay, and Tasman Bay, as well as Port Underwood) in 2017 to the possession or taking of scallops. This followed a decline in scallop biomass despite closures to the fishery since 2016.

Find out about the closure

Scallop biomass has continued to fall despite the closure, and remains too low to support sustainable fishing. For more information, see the report on the scallop biomass survey.

Report of the most recent scallop biomass survey in the Marlborough Sounds [PDF, 1.6 MB]

The fishery is closed until further notice. We are implementing a strategy to make sure any scallop fishing will be sustainable and allow the fishery to rebuild to healthy levels.

Southern Scallop Strategy: Marlborough Sounds

The Southern Scallop Working Group (SSWG) and Fisheries New Zealand developed a strategy to help the recovery of scallops and scallop habitats in Marlborough. Submissions on the draft strategy closed in August 2019.

The SSWG is now finalising the strategy so that it can be implemented as soon as possible. Information on work to support recovery of the fishery will be published soon.

What about the rest of SCA 7 (Golden Bay and Tasman Bay)?

Once the Marlborough Sounds strategy is finalised, the SSWG will consider how to manage and restore the Golden Bay and Tasman Bay scallop fisheries, which includes Croisilles Harbour. These areas have not been considered as part of this strategy as their biomass is very low.

Members of the Southern Scallop Working Group (SSWG)

The Southern Scallop Working Group (SSWG) brings together iwi, commercial and recreational sectors of the fishery, scientists, and fisheries managers. It provides an inclusive platform for input into the future management of the fishery.

The members of the SSWG bring a variety of relevant experience and skills to the group.

SSWG members list [PDF, 104 KB]

Who to contact

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