Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee

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

The work program for RecFAC for the next few years includes providing input into:
  • Developing harvest strategies for abalone, rock lobster, calamari and flathead.
  • Total allowable catch and season date decisions.
  • Implementing the actions in the Tasmanian 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.
  • Improving stewardship and community engagement.


There are 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 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 one each from NRE Tas, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing (TARFish), General Community and Conservation and Tasmania Marine Police.

Recreational representatives are fishers or community members who can provide strategic input into recreational fishing management, research and education planning. An informal background training session on fisheries management basics is provided to appointees.

Independent ChairMax Kitchell
IMAS Fisheries Research representativeSean Tracey
Tasmania Marine Police representative Snr Constable Eileen Langford/ Constable Ben Cunningham
Recreational Fishing Peak Body TARFish representative
Jane Gallichan
​TARFish representatives
​Mike Stevens
Dane Jones
Recreational Fisheries representatives Stephen Scott, Andrew Hart, Brody Corbett, David Hawley, Jo McBain, Tony Eldridge, Jane Johnston, Kevin Bennett, Anna Minchin, Kimbili Johnson, Richard Sherriff
Community and Conservation
Nepelle Crane
​NRE Tas Fishery Manager (non-voting)
​Rod Pearn


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 77 Agenda 25 March 2022

 RecFAC 77 Minutes 25 March 2022

RecFAC 76, scheduled November 2021, was not able to proceed due to lack of a quorum

RecFAC 75 Agenda 5 August 2021

RecFAC 75 Minutes 5 August 2021

RecFAC 74 Agenda 12 March 2021

RecFAC 74 Minutes 12 March 2021

RecFAC 73 Agenda 11 Nov 2020

RecFAC 73 & 73A Minutes Nov 2020

​Due to COVID-19 restrictions there are no Agendas for Meetings 70, 71 and 72

RecFAC 72 Minutes 26 June 2020

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


Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647