Becoming a Fishcare Volunteer
Fishcare Tasmania is a program that educates the community about sustainable recreational fishing practices. The program is operated by the Department's Wild Fisheries Management Branch and supported by revenue from fishing licence fees. Fishcare volunteers are enthusiastic individuals who give up their time to teach responsible fishing practices to members of the recreational fishing community and provide advice about fisheries rules.
There are currently around 60 Fishcare volunteers working around Tasmania to improve your recreational fishing experience and help to keep our fisheries sustainable so there are fish for future generations.
Who can become a Fishcare volunteer?
Volunteers should have an interest in fishing or the marine environment. If you're willing to share your time and enthusiasm educating adults and children about responsible fishing please apply using the form provided below (minimum age is 16).
What do Fishcare Volunteers do?
Becoming a Fishcare volunteer is a great way to do your bit by looking after our fisheries and meeting other like-minded people. Volunteers attend fishing events around the State and have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping 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 conducts training sessions from time to time to prepare 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 help 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 using the contact details 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.