Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy



Draft Strategy

The Draft Tasmanian Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy closed for public comment on 26 July 2021.

After all public submissions are considered, the Strategy will be finalised. It is due for release in September 2021.


Download the Draft Strategy

  Draft Tasmanian Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy 2021-30   (873Kb)

Download the Summary Brochure

Consultation process to date

Discussion Paper

The discussion paper, Towards a 10 Year Vision for Recreational Sea Fishing in Tasmania, proposing a vision, outcomes and strategic initiatives for the future of recreational fishing in Tasmania was released for public comment in September 2020.

Public consultation sessions were held around the state during September and November 2020.  Recreational Fisheries staff listened to fisher and community ideas about the future of recreational fishing and feedback on the Discussion Paper.

Over 80 written submissions were received. Forty face-to-face consultative meetings were held around the state.

The topics generating the most feedback related to:

  • Rock lobster fishing, particularly the East Coast catch share
  • Recreational priority area management - notably for emerging species.
  • Challenges facing the flathead fishery
  • High impact fishing methods, particularly recreational gillnetting
  • Access and facilities, including a lack of shore-based access in some areas
  • Communications and engagement
  • Individual season limits, particularly for East Coast rock lobster
  • Compliance needs
  • A need to address group fishing activities
  • The fishing activities of migrants and other cultural groups

A report summarising stakeholder input is available below.  We would like to express our thanks to everyone who contributed.

  Tasmanian Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy-Discussion Paper Report June 2021   (1Mb)

For a Better Fishing Future Survey

The initiatives in the Discussion Paper were developed through feedback from over 3200 Tasmanians who responded to the For a Better Fishing Future survey in June and July 2020 plus targeted feedback from key stakeholders.

The results indicated general support for most initiatives with the three highest relating to:

  • learning responsible fishing behaviours;
  • increasing community understanding about how fisheries are managed, and
  • involving recreational fishers more in management decisions.

  For a Better Fishing Future Survey Report - September 2020   (583Kb)


The key dates in the Strategy are outlined below.

Why a strategy is needed

DPIPWE are developing a 10-year plan to outline a clear vision for recreational sea fishing in Tasmania.

While stock sustainability is the overall objective guiding how our fisheries are managed, others include:
  • engaging recreational fishers more in decision-making processes;
  • greater promotion of resource stewardship among recreational fishers;
  • more clarity in how the recreational sector intersects with other resource users including commercial fishers;
  • improved fisheries education and awareness;
  • better understanding of recreational fishers including their motivations and activities;
  • improved recognition of economic and social benefits from recreational fishing;
  • better anticipation of management needs due to changes in fisheries and the fishing population;
  • making it easier for people to go fishing and involving fishers more in citizen science programs; and
  • more attention to fishing infrastructure needs.

How the strategy is managed

A Steering Committee oversees the project.  The committee includes members from DPIPWE, TARFish, IMAS and the recreational fishing community.  Expert input will be sought when required by assembling reference groups.

  Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy Terms of Reference   (436Kb)

What the strategy includes

  • Current and future recreational sea fishing activities.
  • All saltwater recreational fishing in Tasmania.
  • Marine connections to freshwater fishing where there are collaborative opportunities with the Inland Fisheries Service.
  • Recreational fishing infrastructure.
  • Ways in which decisions about recreational fishing are made.
  • Recreational fishers' access to fish stocks.
  • Policing and monitoring.
  • Relations between the recreational, commercial and Indigenous sectors.
  • Any other matters considered relevant and in accordance with relevant laws and policies.


Recreational Fisheries Section
Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

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