Fishwise Community Grants - 2008 Funding Round

Recreational Scalefish of Tasmania Poster

Lead Agency: Department of Primary Industries and Water
Funding: $3,900
Start Date: 01 December 2008 End Date: 25 June 2010
  • Provide recreational fishers and the wider Tasmanian community the opportunity to purchase a high quality, visually attractive poster showing Tasmania's recreational fish species. There is no comparable product currently available.
  • The poster will improve community knowledge of Tasmania's fish species and how to correctly identify these species, with accurate fish identification essential for compliance with species bag and size limits.
Final Report
What did the project achieve?

Designed and produced a poster of the "Top Ten recreational Fish in Tasmania".

Fish illustrations by artist Peter Gouldthorpe, previously commissioned and owned by DPIPWE (Recreational Fisheries) were used. The current collection was deficient in some species, and the Department commissioned another 15 species to be illustrated. This is particularly relevant in the preparation for designing and publishing more posters after this project finishes. Only two illustrations were funded with contributions from this project, with the Department funding the others. The Department now has a total of 85 fish images. These images are now available for future posters of recreational fish to be designed and printed.

Various themes and poster compositions were considered. The aim of this project was to produce a single poster, with profits to fund future posters. Given the number of fish illustrations and with the aim of improving the community's knowledge of the identity of fish species this project provided the impetus of a series of recreational poster themes. After the recent publishing of the recreational fishing survey, it was decided that the theme of the first of the poster series should be "Top Ten recreational Fish in Tasmania".

The DPIPWE graphic design unit designed the layout of the poster after the Recreational Fisheries Section finalised the theme, species composition and printing of the poster. A heavy gauge paper (170 gsm) was chosen, which appeared to be very cost effective compared to lamination.

A total of 7000 posters have been printed.

The project has managed to print posters at a very competitive cost. The economies of scale achieved by maximising print run numbers (7000) has allowed the project to excel in the project objective of providing free copies of the poster to key audiences and community groups. A total of 2000 posters will initially be made available for schools and Fishcare Volunteers.


The project will directly benefit recreational scalefish fishers by providing an opportunity to purchase a high quality, visually attractive poster showing Tasmania's recreational fish species. It has been several years since the Sea Fishes of Tasmania poster was available for sale and this poster focused primarily on commercial fish species.

The poster will greatly improve community exposure to and knowledge of Tasmania's fish species and the identity of these species. Fish identification is essential for fishers to be able to comply with fisheries rules, particularly species bag and size limits.

The poster provides a base for a series of full-colour publications representing key Tasmanian recreational fish species, and assists to fill a knowledge gap as well as improving general community awareness of Tasmania's fishing resources.

Follow-up/Future Activities

The poster funded under this grant project provides a base for a planned series of posters. We plan to have a series of up to 5 posters. As the distribution costs are significant, we have held back the distribution of the poster funded under this project until 1-2 additional posters are produced. This will assist in economies of scale in distribution and promotion (eg media release etc).
The aim is to design and print posters possibly along the following themes:

  • Commonly Encountered Recreational sea fishes of Tasmania (around 30 species of scalefish)
  • commonly encountered sharks and rays of Tasmania
  • popular recreational game fishes of Tasmania
  • weird and wonderful invertebrate fishes of Tasmania
It is the intention to have some key "responsible fishing messages" on the posters.
Ten Most Wanted Recreational Scale Fishes of Tasmania

Let's Go Fishing

Lead Agency: Australian Fishing Trade Association (Tas)
Funding: $11,842
Start Date: 01 October 2008 End Date: 31 December 2008
  • To show fishing is fun and accessible for people of all ages and most areas in Tasmania.
  • To explain the resource is precious and we have management rules that ensure sustainability.
  • To detail the basic rules such as bag limits, size limits and seasons. Many fishers are unlicensed and difficult to contact directly; that is why this booklet is important.
  • Show them how to catch a fish, release it unharmed if appropriate, or despatch it ethically.
  • Explain Fishcare Volunteers, how you could be one, and how to contact them for help and advice, and also handout brochures and up to date advice they receive from DPIW Recreational fisheries.
Final Report
What did the project achieve?

The "Fishing in Fun" booklet is an informative pamphlet that has a variety of fishing information for the basic fisher, particularly for fishing families and beginner fishers. The distribution is comprehensive, around 131,000 households, covering all Tasmanian localities. This project achieved all it set out to do. It will benefit recreational fishing by making information more widely available than by any other method. This booklet potentially reached over 90% of the Tasmanian population.

Recruitment and retention of scallops in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel: Is there a relationship with scallop density

Lead Agency: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) (formerly Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI))
Funding: $49,931
Start Date: 01 September 2008 End Date: 27 June 2013

The project will provide necessary information to enable the current management of the recreational scallop fishery to be evaluated in a valid way.
Specific aims:
  1. Examine the importance of scallop density (spawner biomass) on synchronisation of spawning and recruitment success.
  2. Examine the relationship between scallop density and retention of recruits on scallop beds.
  3. Determine the origin of scallop recruits in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.
Final Report

The research confirmed that the commercial scallop (Pecten fumatus) in the Channel are genetically different than those on the East Coast. This indicates that the Channel is "self seeding" and reliant on scallop stock populations from within the Channel. This highlights the importance of protecting areas of high density spawning stock to increase the likelihood of steady and/or significant recruitment pulses for the Channel.

IMAS Report

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