Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee

​​​​2021 Expressions of interest now open 

Expressions of interest are now open for 10 recreational fishing members for the Recreational Fisheries Advisory Committee (RecFAC).

How to apply

​Please apply in writing, telling us how your experience (including fishing) and knowledge will be beneficial to strategic management, research and education planning for recreational sea fishing in Tasmania. 

RecFAC's future work program and summaries of previous meetings can be found below.

Application form

 RecFAC EOI Application Form 2021 (PDF 187Kb)​

For some mobile users, you may need to email us rather than fill the form on your phone. If you do that, please ensure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the application form. 

Please forward the application form by email or by mail.
Mail:Recreational Fisheries Advisory Committee
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 44

For more information, contact the Recreational Sea Fishing Section, phone (03) 6165 3034 or email us.


Membership and criteria for RecFAC 2021 

The membership and criteria for appointments to the 2021-2023 RecFAC is shown in the table below.

​​Membership Expertise 
​Recreational fishing
​Ten appointments will be made from the EOI process. The aim is to have a final committee composition of:

Regional expertise: At least two members should reside in each of the North West/West Coast, the North East, the East Coast and the South Coasts.

Gear/Fisher expertise: 
  • ​Over half should be recreational rock lobster fishers. 
  • Over half should have an interest in recreational line fishing.
  • Three should have experience in dive fisheries - scallop, abalone, spearfishing. 
  • One should have an interest in family orientated fishing. 
  • One should have an interest in recreational netting. 
Diversity: ​​In line with Government policies at least half will be female. One member should be from a culturally and linguistic diverse community or have relevant expertise. 

Other considerations: 
  • Ability to provide strategic input and work constructively and be effective in a committee setting; 
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of recreational sea fisheries; and 
  • Time to attend meetings. 
Recreational Fishing Peak BodyTARFish CEO​. In addition, TARFish have been invited to canvass and nominate two fisher candidates.
​Fisheries Management
DPIPWE Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Recreational)
​Fisheries Research
IMAS recreational fisheries researcher - nominated by IMAS ​
​Marine Police
Tasmania Police - nominated by Marine Police​
General Community and Conservation​One membership from a natural resource management, conservation, or community organisation.​

What is the role of RecFAC?​​

​The Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC) advises the Minister and the Department on recreational sea fishing matters including fishery rule reviews and policy.

The work program for RecFAC over the next few years includes providing input into:
  • Developing harvest strategies for abalone, rock lobster, calamari and flathead.
  • Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and season date decisions.
  • The implementation and actions associated with the Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy.
  • The Flathead for the Future Program.
  • Management of emerging species – King George whiting, snapper, yellowtail kingfish.
  • Resource sharing and area management.
  • Research and stock monitoring needs.
  • Improving stewardship and community engagement.


The final RecFAC membership composition balances a range of expertise and knowledge of fisheries, regions and gender representation while maintaining a strategic and constructive Committee.

Most members are from the recreational fishing community, plus a member each from DPIPWE, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing (TARFish), General Community and Conservation and the Marine Police. Recreational representatives are fishers or community members who have a capacity to provide strategic input into recreational fishing management, research and educational planning.

An informal background training session on fisheries management basics is provided to appointees.

Members are not paid sitting fees but are entitled to travel allowances to cover the cost of travelling to FAC meetings. The independent Chair is paid a fee in line with government rates. Membership is renewed every 2-3 years.

The current RecFAC membership is listed below. 

Independent ChairMax Kitchell
DPIPWE representative
Rod Pearn
Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Recreational Fisheries) 
Fisheries Research representativeSean Tracey
Marine Police representative Snr Constable Eileen Langford/ Constable Ben Cunningham
Tasmania Police 
Recreational Fishing Peak Body representative  Jane Gallichan
Community and Conservation
Jon Bryan

Recreational Fisheries representatives

Stephen Scott, Naomi Balon, Dianne Andoni, Sunny Jang, Nepelle Crane, Richard Sherriff, Martin Wells, Adrian Hales


There are generally around six meetings each year depending on current issues.  Meetings are held around the state, usually over a full day, although shorter video conferences are also held. Sub-committees will progress some topics rather than all members attending every meeting. Preferred meeting times (including out of normal business hours) and locations will be discussed by the Chair and members at their initial meeting.

The operation of the RecFAC and the conduct of RecFAC members during meetings is guided by Fishery Advisory Committees Establishment and Procedures. This document covers issues including conflicts of interest, confidentiality, media interactions and standard procedural matters.

The meetings are chaired by an independent Chair. The Chair is responsible for the orderly conduct of meetings and encourages members to work co-operatively to achieve a consensus view rather than using a majority voting approach. In circumstances where consensus is not achievable, the Chair seeks the views of all members and provides these to the Minister.

Meeting summaries, action items and recommendations and are recorded for each meeting. The Chair provides a report to the Minister summarising the key discussion points and outcomes of the meeting.  RecFAC recommendations are forwarded to the Minister after each meeting.

Raising topics for consideration

Ideally topics should be raised with the Department first, as many issues may​ be resolved as a matter of general business by the Department. Some topics can also be out of scope and directed to an appropriate organisation.

If you have an issue you would like the FAC to be aware of, please contact the RecFAC Executive Officer. In order to progress the issue, background information may be needed at least three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.

RecFAC meeting agendas and minutes

RecFAC Agendas and Meeting Summaries prior to 2019 may be available on request.


Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Recreational Fisheries)
Rod Pearn
Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3034

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