Becoming a Fishcare Volunteer
Fishcare Tasmania is a program that educates the community about sustainable recreational fishing practices. The program is operated by the Wild Fisheries Management Branch and supported by revenue from fishing licence fees.
Fishcare volunteers give up their time to teach responsible fishing practices to the public and provide advice about fisheries rules. There are around 60 volunteers working around Tasmania to improve your fishing experience and to help keep our fisheries sustainable for future generations.
Who can become a Fishcare volunteer?
If you'd like to share your time and enthusiasm educating adults and children about responsible fishing please apply using the contact details below (minimum age is 16).
Applicants should have an interest in fishing or the marine environment.
What do volunteers do?
Becoming a Fishcare volunteer is a great way to do your bit by looking after our fisheries and meeting other like-minded people.
The main activities for volunteers are:
talking to fishers and checking signage at local fishing spots;
- running fishing clinics for children and community groups; and
- promoting responsible fishing at fishing events, boat shows or AgFest.
How much time does it take?
Three to four hours once a month is usually required, however hours are flexible depending on the circumstances.
What training is provided?
The Department conducts training sessions from time to time to prepare volunteers. Topics covered include fisheries rules and management, fish identification and communications skills. Some volunteers who choose to help with our Fishcare Schools Program may undergo specialised training for this.
Do volunteers act in an enforcement role?
No. Volunteers act purely in an education and research role only.
How do I volunteer?
Regional Fishcare Coordinators are located in both the north and south of the state so please contact them using the contact details below to discuss your volunteering options and interests in more detail.