Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee

Expressions of Interest are now open

The Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC) provides expert advice to the Minister and the Department on recreational sea fishing management matters including fishery reviews and policy

The Department is seeking expressions of interest for RecFAC membership from individuals who are able to provide practical advice and demonstrate an ability to provide strategic input into management, research and educational planning for recreational sea fishing. 

The final RecFAC membership composition will aim to balance the range of expertise and knowledge of fisheries (eg rock lobster, dive, gamefish, scalefish) and regions (eg NW/West, east Coast and Southern Region) and gender representation while maintaining a strategic and constructive Committee. The Minister is seeking to appoint up to nine recreational fishing members.

In addition to the recreational fisheries representative members, organisational members comprise of DPIPWE Recreational Fisheries Manager, Research Scientist from Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), Chief Executive Officer of Tasmanian Association of Recreational Fishing (TARFish), Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT) Marine expert and a representative from Tasmania Police (Marine).

RecFAC membership will aim for 50% representation of women, consistent with the Tasmanian Government's Women on Boards Strategy 2015 – 2020. The Department is therefore particularly encouraging women to nominate for positions.

FAC members must be able to meet the following requirements:

  • must not have been convicted of any fisheries offences under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995;
  • be able to put their views clearly;
  • be able to act in the best interests of the community regarding management of the fishery rather than as an advocate for themselves or any particular organisation or interest group;
  • be able to observe confidentiality and discretion in dealing with the business and outcomes of the FAC;
  • must declare their interests and avoid the compromising of Committee advice by those interests; and
  • be able to make the necessary commitment of time to ensure that they are fully informed and able to attend meetings.

People wishing to submit their nomination will need to provide:

  • a letter or email of introduction detailing:
    • their experience with recreational sea fishing (ie rock lobster, game fishing, diving, angling etc);
    • what regional area of Tasmania they regularly fish or are familiar with;
    • experience and knowledge of natural resource management (if any);
    • if they have previously been involved with other committees (not specifically fishing committees); and
    • if they are members of fishing clubs or associations.
    • include a resume
    • provide names of two people who are able to provide character references.

If you are interested in being considered for an appointment, please forward your Expression of Interest marked “Confidential" c/o RecFAC Executive Officer, Wild Fisheries Management Branch, GPO Box 44, Hobart, TAS 7001 by 30 May 2019, or email

​​​​​​​​​What is the role of RecFAC?​​

​The Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC) provides expert advice to the Minister and the Department on recreational sea fishing management matters including fishery reviews and policy. The RecFAC is one of a number of fishery advisory committees (FACs) established by the Minister for Primary Industries and Water under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995. Other advisory committees are also established for the commercial fishing industries - abalone, crustacean, scallops and scalefish fisheries. FACs play an essential role by providing the Minister with specialist advice on the management of Tasmania's key fisheries. The committees are made up of representatives from the major fishing sectors as well as community groups and key advisers on resource management policy, compliance and research. The involvement of FACs in developing fisheries policy over the last decade has contributed to better fisheries management.


Most of the members are representatives from the recreational fishing community, plus a member each from DPIPWE, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing (TARFish), Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT) and the Marine Police. Recreational representatives are fishers or community members who have a capacity to provide strategic input into management, research and educational planning for recreational sea fishing. FAC members are not paid sitting fees. Recreational fisheries members give up their time and provide advice for the good of the fishery.  Members are entitled to travelling 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 members are listed below. 

Independent ChairMax Kitchell
DPIPWE representativeRod Pearn
Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Recreational Fisheries)
Fisheries Research representativeJeremy Lyle
Marine Police representative Constable Ben Cunningham
Tasmania Police 
Certified Recreational Fishing Body
Mark Nikolai
Community and Conservation
Jon Bryan
Tasmanian Conservation Trust

Recreational fisheries representatives

Tony Eldridge, James Cartwright, Darcie Leong, Ian Beswick, Stephen Scott, Dianna Andoni, Roseanne Heyward, Adrian Hales, Nepelle Crane, Naomi Balon, Stafford Ives-Heres 


There are generally around four RecFAC meetings each year depending on the work schedule and current issues.  Meetings are held at various locations around the state and are over a full day. 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 a range of issues including conflicts of interest, confidentiality, interactions with the media and standard procedural matters. The meetings are chaired by an independent Chair. The Chair is responsible for the orderly conduct of meetings and encourage 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 may also be out of scope and the matter may be directed towards the appropriate organisation.
If you have a specific 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 need to be provided to the Executive Officer at least three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.

RecFAC Executive Officer
Vicki Waters
Ph: 03 6165 3047

RecFAC Meeting Agendas and Minutes

RecFAC Agendas and Meeting Summaries prior to 2017 may be available on request.

  RecFAC 64 Agenda   (116Kb)

  RecFAC 63 Agenda   (92Kb)

  RecFAC 62 Agenda and Formalities   (128Kb)

  RecFAC 64 Minutes of Meeting   (211Kb)

  RecFAC 63 Minutes   (217Kb)

  RecFAC 62 Minutes   (363Kb)
  RecFAC 61 Agenda   (107Kb)   RecFAC 61 Minutes of Meeting   (187Kb)
  RecFAC 60 Agenda   (109Kb)   RecFAC 60 Minutes of Meeting   (298Kb)
  RecFAC 59 Agenda   (107Kb)   RecFAC 59 Minutes of Meeting   (306Kb)


Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Recreational Fisheries)
Rod Pearn
1 Franklin Wharf
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3034

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