Have your say
We have released a Discussion Paper – Towards a 10 Year Vision for Recreational Sea Fishing in Tasmania – outlining a proposed vision, outcomes and strategic initatives for the future of recreational fishing in Tasmania.
Your feedback is sought on the proposed initiatives including:
- ensuring the long-term sustainability of fish stocks;
- involving the community more in managing fisheries;
- better promotion of responsible fishing behaviours;
- greater recognition of the value of recreational fishers; and
- making it easier for people to go fishing.
The initiatives in the Discussion Paper have been 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.
A report on the outcome of the survey is available below.
How to have input
We are seeking public input on the Discussion Paper from 7 September to 25 October 2020, via the
We are also holding face-to-face consultation sessions around the state in September and October where people can discuss their ideas for the future with Recreational Fisheries staff - see the schedule below.
RESPONSES MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER 2020.
Consultation sessions schedule
Small consultation sessions are being held around the State from early September until mid-October. Recreational Fisheries staff will be there to hear your ideas about the future of recreational fishing and your feedback on the Discussion Paper.
You should pre-register, as numbers are restricted due to Covid guidelines. We will try to accommodate those who do not pre-register, however you will need to register at the venue. Please click on the Register link below next to the event you wish to attend.
|Wednesday, 23 September||Tall Timbers, 5/15 Scotchtown Road, Smithton||
5:00 - 6:00pm||Register|
|Wednesday, 23 September||Tall Timbers, 5/15 Scotchtown Road, Smithton||6:00 - 7:00pm||Register|
|Thursday, 24 September||Henty Room, Strahan Village, Strahan||5:00 - 6:00pm||
|Thursday, 24 September||Henty Room, |
Strahan Village, Strahan
|6:00 - 7:00pm||
|Thursday, 24 September||Henty Room,
Strahan Village, Strahan
|7:00 - 8:00pm||
|Monday, 28 September||Orford Golf Club, Orford||5:30 - 6:30pm||Register|
|Monday, 28 September||Orford Golf Club, Orford||6:30 - 7:30pm||
|Tuesday, 29 September||Swansea Town Hall, 12 Franklin Street, Swansea||10:00 - 11:00am||Register|
|Tuesday, 29 September||Swansea Town Hall, 12 Franklin Street, Swansea||11:00am - 12:00pm||Register|
|Tuesday, 29 September||Bicheno Bowls & RSL Club, Sinclair Street, Bicheno||2:00 - 3:00pm||
|Tuesday, 29 September||Derwent Bell Room, Panorama St Helens, St Helens||5:00 - 6:00pm||
|Tuesday, 29 September||
Derwent Bell Room, Panorama St Helens, St Helens||6:00 - 7:00pm||Register|
|Tuesday, 29 September||Derwent Bell Room, Panorama St Helens, St Helens||7:00 - 8:00pm||Register|
|Monday, 5 October||Albert Hall, Launceston||12:00 - 1:00pm||Register|
|Monday, 5 October||Albert Hall, Launceston||1:00 - 2:00pm||
|Monday, 5 October||Albert Hall, Launceston||2:00 - 3:00pm||Register|
|Monday, 5 October||Albert Hall, Launceston||4:00 - 5:00pm||
|Monday, 5 October||Albert Hall, Launceston||5:00 - 6:00pm||Register|
|Monday, 5 October||Albert Hall, Launceston||6:00 - 7:00pm||Register|
|Tuesday, 6 October||Bridport Golf Club, 46 Main Street, Bridport||5:30 - 6:30pm||Register|
|Tuesday, 6 October||Bridport Golf Club, 46 Main Street, Bridport||6:30 - 7:30pm||Register|
|Monday, 12 October||Lindisfarne Motor Yacht Club, 1 Ford Pde, Lindisfarne||4:00 - 5:00pm||Register|
|Monday, 12 October||Lindisfarne Motor Yacht Club, 1 Ford Pde, Lindisfarne||5:00 - 6:00pm||Register|
|Monday, 12 October||Lindisfarne Motor Yacht Club, 1 Ford Pde, Lindisfarne||6:00 - 7:00pm||Register|
|Monday, 12 October||Lindisfarne Motor Yacht Club, 1 Ford Pde, Lindisfarne||7:00 - 8:00pm||Register|
|Monday, 12 & Tuesday 13 October||Flinders Island, venue details to be advised.|||||
|Tuesday, 13 October||Eaglehawk Neck Community Hall, Arthur Highway||5:30 - 6:30pm||
|Tuesday, 13 October||Eaglehawk Neck Community Hall, Arthur Highway||6:30 - 7:30pm||Register|
|Wednesday, 14 October||Midway Point Hall, 32 Hoffman St, Midway Point||4:00 - 5:00pm||Register|
|Wednesday, 14 October||Midway Point Hall, 32 Hoffman St, Midway Point||5:00 - 6:00pm||Register|
|Wednesday, 14 October||Midway Point Hall, 32 Hoffman St, Midway Point||6:00 - 7:00pm||Register|
|Wednesday, 14 October||Midway Point Hall, 32 Hoffman St, Midway Point||7:00 - 8:00pm||
The key dates in the Strategy are outlined below.
Survey report -
For a Better Fishing Future
A total of 3,208 responses were received to the For a Better Fishing Future survey which was conducted in June and July 2020.
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
Why a Strategy is needed
DPIPWE are developing a 10-year recreational fishing strategy to outline a clear vision for Tasmania’s sea fisheries.
While stock sustainability is the main 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;
- involving fishers more in citizen science programs; and
- more attention to fishing infrastructure needs.
How the Strategy is managedA 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
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.