Abalone fishery

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.

Licence expiry

Abalone licences last for the term of the Abalone Fishery management plan (PDF 2.8 MB).

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:

  • up-front
  • in a lump sum
  • in quarterly installments.

Licence transfer

Licences can be transferred from one person to another.

Application to transfer an abalone fishery licence (PDF 409.2 KB)

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 (PDF 266.4 KB) 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.

Application to change registration of a master/s (PDF 385.8 KB)

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 Fishery management

Management plan:

Stock assessment reports:

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:


View the Ministerial determinations.


See the closures page for information about abalone closures.


Belinda McGrath-Steer
Fisheries Manager
Phone: (08) 8429 0142
Email: Belinda.mcgrath-steer@sa.gov.au

Page Last Reviewed: 28 Jul 2017
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