What's the Catch?

How many Tasmanians go fishing each year and what do they catch?

whats the catch

The results have been released for Tasmania's latest statewide recreational fishing survey. Conducted every five years by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies the survey assesses key trends in catch and participation.

The latest findings include:

· Almost one in four or 106,000 Tasmanians went fishing during 2017-18;

· Flathead was the most popular recreationally caught fish with 1.7 million caught and 56% released;

· Other important species were Australian salmon, trout and squid; and

· Fishers spent $161 million on boats, fuel and fishing gear.

More survey results


Summer fishing at a glance

summer fishing

Free fishing clinics were held around the state in January to encourage kids and families to try fishing for the first time and to teach responsible fishing practices. Here are the outcomes:

How many clinics were held? 15 clinics around the state from Dover to Devonport including three for multicultural fishers. 330 people attended.

How many fish were caught? Around 200 including flathead, salmon, mullet, cod, leatherjacket, bream, gurnard and mackerel. Most were released to be caught another day.

Biggest fish? A bream caught at Dover, about 40cm.

Total volunteer hours: 350 hours from our fantastic Fishcare volunteers - thank you!

Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
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Web: www.fishing.tas.gov.au

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