Statewide Recreational Fishing Surveys

​2012-13 Tasmanian Recreational Fishing Survey​

The Wild Fisheries Management Branch and the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies have released the results of the 2012-13 Tasmanian Recreational Fishing Survey which includes catch estimates.

Over 3000 Tasmanian households were surveyed between November 2012 and October 2013 to see if they fish recreationally.  780 of these households, representing over 2000 persons then provided details of their fishing activities over a 12 month period.

Amongst the main findings of the survey:
  • Almost one in four Tasmanians (around 98 000 people) went fishing at least once in 2012.
  • Around 1.6 million flathead were caught, with 43% released.  This equates to 925,000 flathead or 236 tonnes being kept and 686,000 released. Other important species were Australian salmon (230 000) and southern calamari (58 000).
  • Over half the state's total fishing effort (56%) occurred off the east and south-east coasts.
The results are available in several formats:

Download the
summary brochure.

Download the
Download the full IMAS report. (124 pages).

Survey author IMAS fisheries scientist Dr Jeremy Lyle talks about the survey findings.

The research was funded by the sale sea fishing licence fees via the Fishwise Fund.

The results are used in fisheries stock assessments to sustainably manage Tasmania's fisheries by giving a clearer picture of recreational fishing participation rates, catch and effort by species, fishing method and area, demographic profiles of fishers and expenditure on fishing activities.

Social and Attitudinal Report 2010

Why do recreational fishers fish? A Fishwise Community Grant funded project evaluating the social and attitudinal aspects of recreational fishing in Tasmania has now been finalised by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), (previously the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Research Institute).

The social data about recreational fishers was collected and analysed at the end of the 2007/08 Tasmanian Statewide Recreational Fishing Survey.

The report analysed what motivates fishers, fisher's knowledge about fishing and their attitudes about management and fishery related issues.

Download the IMAS report here:
"An evaluation of motivations, attitudes and awareness of Tasmanian recreational fishers" by Sven Frijlink and Jeremy Lyle.

Further information:

Contact: IMAS Research

Sean Tracey
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
University of Tasmania
Marine Research Laboratories
Phone: (03) 6227 7286

Contact: Recreational Fisheries Manager

Rod Pearn
Recreational Fisheries Manager
Wild Fisheries Management Branch
1 Franklin Wharf
Phone: 03 6165 3034

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