Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy
DPIPWE are developing a 10-year recreational fishing strategy to more clearly delineate the vision, goals and guidelines for Tasmania’s marine fisheries.
The Strategy will provide an ambitious, inclusive and forward-looking approach to fisheries management that will be guided by clear objectives and targets.
Why is a Strategy necessary?
While stock sustainability remains the main objective guiding the management of all Tasmania’s fisheries, other objectives at this stage include the following:
- further engagement of recreational fishers 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, needs and activity constraints;
- improved recognition of economic contributions and social benefits derived from recreational fishing in management decisions;
- better anticipation of management needs due to changes in fisheries and the fishing population;
- greater opportunities for citizen science and other means of engaging fishers in providing information to help manage fisheries; and
- more attention to fishing infrastructure needs.
What is the process?
The Strategy represents a great opportunity for Tasmanians to be involved in forging a blueprint to address challenges and opportunities facing our marine recreational fisheries – now and in the future.
DPIPWE has started engaging directly with key stakeholders to get a better understanding of key issues affecting recreational fishers and other resource users. As our understanding of the issues becomes clearer, we will consider potential means to address them within the scope of the Strategy. This will form the basis of a discussion paper to be released in July 2020, together with a questionnaire to capture the views of the entire community.
Responses to the questionnaire will, in turn, inform the development of a draft Strategy which will be released for public consultation in February 2021. The public will then have six weeks to comment before further changes are made.
More information will be provided as the various stages of the Strategy are developed. It is expected to be launched in July 2021.