Fishwatch - Report Illegal Fishing
Report illegal fishing to Tasmania Police:
Phone 6173 2475 (business hours);
If urgent, ring Fishwatch on 0427 655 557.
The following information will help the Marine Police combat illegal fishing:
Time and location of offence.
- Fishing gear used with ID numbers.
- Car rego numbers and boat distinguishing marks.
- Boat descriptions.
- Name or description of person/s involved.
Information provided to the Marine Police through
- given anonymously;
- acted on immediately;
- used to assist with ongoing investigations;
- used for the planning of compliance operations in the future; or
- used in the assessment and planing of education programs.
Buying or selling recreational fish is illegal
You are not allowed to sell, buy, barter or raffle recreationally caught fish.
Both the seller and the purchaser are liable for prosecution and heavy fines may apply. Offenders may face confiscation of boats and fishing gear and may be prevented from holding a fishing licence in the future.
You are allowed to give away fish that you have caught but you must not receive any commercial gain for it. If you give fish away, make sure the receiver understands the
for that species.
Lost, stolen and irretrievable gearIf you leave your pot or net in the water for longer than allowed due to bad weather conditions, illness or theft, ring 1300 720 647 and provide them with your licence number.