Fishing News Updates

This is a free email subscription service by Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment providing information on what’s happening in Tasmania’s sea fisheries.

Fishes of Tasmania Posters available from Service Tasmania

Fishes of Tasmania is a set of 4 stunning, full-colour wall posters featuring more than 75 well known Tasmanian fish species illustrated by renowned Tasmanian artist Peter Gouldthorpe.  Each fish image is anatomically accurate and identified by its scientific and standard fish name.

The poster themes are:

    “Ten Most Wanted Recreational Scale Fishes of Tasmania”;
    “Forty Recreational Sea Fishes of Tasmania”;
    “Sharks, Skates and Rays of Tasmania”; and
    “Crustaceans and Molluscs of Tasmania”.

Priced low for the fishing public at just $20 per set, the posters are available at all Service Tasmania shops.  Any proceeds from sales of Fishes of Tasmania will be used to fund future fisheries educational and awareness programs. A free set is to be provided to all Tasmanian government primary and high schools and they will be used by the Fishcare Tasmania schools program.

To view the posters go to

Rock Lobster Review update

The final consultation phase for the rock lobster review will commence early in 2011 and not mid December, as indicated in some previous correspondence.
The delay is due to the Department not being able to finalise the new draft rules and associated policy and information documents .
The delay is compounded to some extent, due to the Christmas and summer holiday season and the final consultation phase will not commence until at least February.
It is still anticipated that the new rules will be implemented in mid 2011. However, for the recreational fishery this will not be until November 2011, to coincide with the new recreational sea fishing guide and the new fishing season.
For the commercial fishery, changes may commence soon after the new rules take effective and the Department will notify individual licence holders in writing in advance.
The setting of the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) is a separate process to the management plan review and will continue in accordance with the annual processes.
We will notify you through the email new service when the draft management plan is released in 2011.