Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy

​​ Recreational Strategy 

Recreational fishing at Coles Bay

The Tasmanian Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy 2021-2030 sets a decade-long vision for recreational sea fishing in Tasmania. Guided by a set of core principles, it outlines an ambitious agenda of actions to advance prevailing issues and meet future challenges.
With more than 100,000 Tasmanians fishing each year, the Strategy strikes a balance between providing access for today’s fishers and ensuring healthy fish stocks for future generations.  It also recognises the value of recreational fishing and focuses on fishers being more involved in determining the future of fishing as well as looking after our fish stocks.
Fifty-four actions are proposed across six outcomes: fisheries sustainability, promoting responsible fishing, community involvement, valuing recreational fishing, making it easier for people to go fishing and improving support for fishing.

The Strategy was developed by the Wild Fisheries Management Branch of DPIPWE following an extensive consultation process with recreational fishers and the wider community.


Key Strategy actions progress

Action ​Status
Flathead for the Future program - develop a sand flathead recovery plan and promote stewardship among fishers.
Commenced: The Tasmanian Government has committed $250,000.  Project planning is underway.​
​Establish a Recreational Sea Fishing Infrastructure fund. Commenced: The Tasmanian Government has committed $2 million dollars. The first funding round of Better Fishing Grants closed 7 October. ​
Build a new fishing Tasmania website. Commenced: New website due to launch in June 2022.
Emphasise the importance of recreational fishing in the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 review.Commenced: Review was launched in early September.
Complete an audit of recreational shore-based fishing infrastructure. Commencing soon: Outcomes will feed into the next Better Fishing Grant round.
Review rock lobster and scallop fishing rules to enable catch sharing.​Draft rock lobster rules to be released for comment by the end of 2021.
Identify pathways to transition away from the use of recreational gillnets.​Working group to be established in early 2022.
Develop an overarching fisheries resource sharing policy.​To commence in 2022.
Develop a fishing code of practice for FADs and artificial reefs.​To commence in 2022.
​Hold a stakeholder workshop to identify participation barriers and fishing access needs.
​To commence in 2022.
​Improve the process for providing public fisheries management advice.​Ongoing.

View the 10-Year Action Implementation Table:

 Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy Actions Implementation Update (PDF 140Kb)​


Recreational Fisheries Section
Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647