COVID-19 Recreational Fishing Information

​​​​​​​​How far can I travel to fish?

Tasmanians can travel outside their local municipality to fish. 

Staying at shacks or camping is permitted and you can stay overnight on a larger cruising boat.

Restrictions on where recreational boaters can launch from have been lifted. 

If your boat ramp is busy when you arrive please be patient and wait your turn. It is still important that everyone maintains physical distancing and uses common sense.  

Can I go camping as part of my recreational fishing activity?

You can camp as part of your fishing activity. Please check for open camp grounds as there may be some exceptions where maintenance is occurring.​


How many people can I go fishing with?

Gathering limits and the 2 square metre per person rule do not apply to private vessels, including boats.​  

​Practice physical distancing where possible and good hygiene such as using hand sanitiser where there is contact with shared surfaces. If you are boating alone, tell someone where you are going, wear a kill switch cord and a life jacket.​

See MAST's boat safety guidance​​​ in relation to occupancy limits on vessels of certain sizes.​ 

What procedures should I put in place when I go fishing?

Fishers should maintain personal hygiene practices such as washing hands or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, coughing or sneezing into a tissue, or flexed elbow if a tissue is not available, and staying at least 1.5 metres apart.


​Recreational scallop season

The recreational scallop season opened in Tasmania on 5 June and will close at midnight on 30 November 2020. The D'Entrecasteaux Channel will remain closed.

The season was due to commence prior to Easter, however it was closed following a COVID-19 health directive to limit travel to coastal communities.

This late season start provides the opportunity for scallop divers to access scallops when they approaching peak condition. Peak scallop meat recovery and roe condition is around July to September in Tasmanian waters.

A recreational scallop fishing licence is required to participate in the recreational scallop fishery. Check the recreational scallop rules before you go fishing.

What about inland fishing?

For more information relating to inland fishing visit the Inland Fisheries website.

Covid-19 information

COVID-19 is presenting challenges in many areas.  Please be extra safe so you do not add to the resource challenges.

For further information, please check the Tasmanian Government coronavirus website.



Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Recreational Fisheries Section
Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

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