Tasmanian scallopCommercial scallop fishing in Tasmania began in the Derwent River estuary in the 1900s, extending to the d’Entrecasteaux Channel and other east coast areas. By the late 1980s, the beds were so depleted that the fishery was closed for eight years. The Tasmanian scallop fishery is now opened on a seasonal basis and licenses are only issued to those with prior involvment in the industry.