Scalefish Management Plan Amendments
Public consultation on these amendments closed in August 2015.Following a major review and extensive consultation, a new
Scalefish Fishery Management Plan, the
Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015 was implemented in Tasmania on 1 November 2015.
New recreational and commercial rules applied from that date. The rule changes were introduced to improve fishing practices and the sustainability of fish stocks
The scalefish fishery encompasses both the recreational and commercial sectors fishing in State waters, covering all gear types associated with the taking of scalefish species, size and catch limits and licensing requirements.
Summary of Changes
- There are new recreational
bag and possession limits for all scalefish, shark, squid, octopus and some small invertebrates.
- Recreational boat limits apply for tuna (other than albacore and skipjack), shark, striped trumpeter, blue-eye trevalla, swordfish and marlin.
sand and tiger flathead, the size limit is now 32cm, the bag limit 20 and the possession limit 30. For
bluespotted and rock flathead, the size limit is now 40cm, the bag limit 5 (only 1 over 60cm) and the possession limit 10.
- There are also new
size limits for striped trumpeter (55cm), King George whiting (35cm) and yellowtail kingfish (45cm);
- Recreational gillnets can only be set from sunrise until one hour before sunset;
- There are a number of new
gillnet free areas including Macquarie Harbour entrance, Godfrey's Beach (Stanley), Low Head, Lillico Beach, Musselroe Bay, Parsonage Point (Burnie), Waubs Bay (Bicheno), Derwent River entrance, Sloping and Spectacle Islands (Frederick Henry Bay).
Macquarie Harbour recreational night netting is now restricted from one hour before sunset to one hour after sunrise and must have a red buoy at each end of the net. Day nets can only be set one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset and have no red marker buoys. There are new recreational gillnet closed areas in the internal waters of Macquarie Harbour, Birchs Inlet, The Narrows and Lower Birchs Inlet.
Recreational set lines are restricted to day use only (one hour before sunrise until one hour before sunset) with the number of hooks reduced from 30 to 15. Two fishers can join their lines in waters less than 150 metres.
- Beach seine nets cannot be used in
- Recreational gillnets and longlines now required
marker buoys at each end of the net.
- The use and definitions of allowable recreational
auxiliary fishing gear has been clarified including kites and balloons, bait pumps and electric reels.
- The minimum age for holding a recreational gillnet or setline licence is now 10 years old.
- Skipjack tuna can still be used for
bait but only the heads and frames of any other tuna. All parts of Atlantic salmon can be used.
- Introduction of weight based quota management in the commercial banded morwong fishery.
Read a full summary of the changes below.
Summary Scalefish changes
Review and Consultation Process
Fishery Advisory Committees and representative fishing bodies including the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council and the Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing provided input into identifying the issues to be advanced through the review. DPIPWE then sought the approval of the Minister to develop final proposals for inclusion in the draft plan for public exhibition.A public comment period on the draft management plan for recreational and commercial scalefishing in Tasmania was open from 23 June and closed on 21 August 2015. Public information sessions were held during July and August 2015 in Launceston, St Helens, Triabunna, Smithton, Strahan, Burnie, Dunalley and Hobart.
During the statutory public exhibition period for the draft plan, 453 written submissions were received addressing the direct questions asked.
Final Report to the Minister
The Final Report to the Minister on the Remake of the Scalefish Fishery Management Plan (September 2015) has now been provided as required by section 47 of the Act and reports on the public exhibition of the draft management plan, the representations received and the resultant amendments made to the draft management plan during the review and consulation phase.
The new scalefish fishery management plan, the
Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015 is now available to view from the
Tasmanian legislation website.
Scalefish Fishery Management Plan - Final Report to the Minister (September 2015)
Scientific and fishery reports