Fisheries Forums

​​ Launceston Fisheries Forum

Public forum - everyone is welcome. Hear presentations from IMAS fisheries researchers, DPIPWE fisheries managers and discuss local recreational fishing issues.


  • Tamar Fishing Tips - Focus on King George Whiting and Snapper
  • Calamari - What's the catch?  Where do they breed?
  • Snapper - Are they Tassie residents?  How fast do they grow?
  • King George Whiting - Breeding and size limit research
  • East Coast Rock Lobster - What's the Strategy?

Presenters and Panel:

  • Rod Pearn, Recreational Fisheries Manager, DPIPWE
  • Dr James Haddy, Lecturer and Researcher, IMAS Launceston
  • Dr Jeremy Lyle, Senior Marine Research Scientist, IMAS Hobart
  • Matt Sherriff, Local Fisher and Occasional Fishing Column Writer
  • Barrett Wolfe - PhD candidate, Snapper research, IMAS

Plus: Fishcare Display including fishing guides, rulers and brochures.  Fishes of Tasmania poster giveaways.


​Thursday, 27 September, 6.30-8.30pm


​Lecture Room 7, UTAS Science Block, Newnham Campus, Launceston


​Ph: 6165 3047 or
Pre-register questions by emailing them to us prior to the forum.

Fish Forensics

Learn the science behind fishing


IMAS Fisheries Lecturer Dr James Haddy is opening his Fish Science Lab to conduct one of his amazingly entertaining fish dissections.

What you can learn:

  • How old is a fish?
  • How fast do they grow?
  • How do you tell a male from a female?
  • How do you tell a breeder?
  • Do fish see colour? How do they detect sound?

You're invited to attend James' one-hour fish biology and dissection class will be held prior to our Launceston Fisheries Forum.  Places are limited and you need to register to attend so please email us a few sentences about why you'd like to be a Fish Forensics participant. Note: age is no barrier!


​Thursday, 27 September, 5.00 - 6:00pm


​Science Lab, UTAS Science Block, Newnham Campus, Launceston


​Email us at  Include a few lines about why you would like to attend Fish Forensics.  Places are limited!


​Ph: 6165 3047 or

Hobart Forum

A public fisheries forum for Hobart is planned for later in 2019, around November.  Exact date to be announced.

Public fisheries forums are held periodically in regional areas around the state including recently in Devonport and St Helens.  The forums are primarily for interested recreational fishers and the general public to hear presentations from IMAS fisheries researchers, DPIPWE fishery managers and discuss local recreational fishing issues.

Stay informed about future fisheries forums by registering for our Recreational Fishing News email service or following us on Facebook. Please email us at  if you have topics or presenters to suggest.​


Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Recreational Fisheries Section
1 Franklin Wharf
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

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