Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries
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The Shark Bay scallop fishery is based on a single species Amusium balloti and is the most valuable scallop fishery (AUD 10-57 million) in Western Australia. This species is short-lived, has fast growth and highly variable recruitment which is primarily environmentally driven. The scallop fishery consists of two classes of licences, A and B. There are fourteen Licensed Fishing Boats with A Class licences that target scallops and account for approximately 70% of the catch. There are twenty-seven Class B licences, which primarily fish for prawns (in the Shark Bay Prawn Managed Fishery) with scallops a secondary target species. Restructuring and gear amalgamation within the Class B fleet has currently reduced the number of boats actively fishing to 18
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Amusium balloti ; Pectinidae; Scallop fisheries; Stock assessment; Fishery management; Fishery biology; Fishery data; Fishery statistics; Shark Bay - Western Australia
Kangas, M, Brown, E, Shanks, M, Chandrapavan, A, and Thomson, A. (2011), Stock Assessment for the Shark Bay Scallop Fishery. Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries, Perth. Report.
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