Becoming a Fishcare Volunteer
Who can become a Fishcare volunteer?
Volunteers should have a keen interest in fish or fishing in the marine environment. Men and women who are willing to share their time and enthusiasm educating adults and children about responsible fishing practices are encouraged to apply (minimum age is 16).
Become a Fishcare volunteer - help keep our fisheries sustainable
What do Fishcare Volunteers do?
Becoming a Fishcare Volunteer is a great way to do your bit by looking after our sea fisheries and meeting other like-minded people. Volunteers attend exciting fishing events around the State and have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to keep Tasmania's fisheries sustainable.
- give up their time to educate the public about responsible fishing;
- attend fisheries and community events eg. boat shows, AgFest, fishing events, schools and fairs and talk to adults and kids about good fishing practices;
- may assist with our
Fishcare Schools Program and fishing clinics.
How much time will I need to commit to being a Fishcare volunteer?
Three to four hours once a month will usually be required by each Volunteer, however times will be flexible depending on the circumstances.
What training will be provided?
The Department will conduct induction and training sessions from time to time which will prepare all Volunteers to act on behalf of the Fishcare program. Topics covered include fisheries rules and management, fish identification and communications skills. Some volunteers who choose to assist with our Fishcare Schools Program may undergo specialised training for this.
Do volunteers act in an enforcement role?
No. Volunteers act purely in an education and research role only.
How do I volunteer?
Regional Fishcare Coordinators are located in each region of the state so please contact them at the addresses given below if you're interested in becoming a volunteer. Following this, please fill out an application form. Simply print out the form, fill it in and post it to the contact address. Alternatively you can download the Microsoft Word version of the form and fill it in electronically.