ifs willow warriorsWillow Warriors - Derwent Catchment Project has two upcoming events focused on river access and health – a Willow Warriors working bee on the Tyenna and a Waterbug Blitz on the Lachlan River.

The Tyenna Willow Warriors are working with the Derwent Catchment Project and the Inland Fisheries Service Anglers Access Program to remove willows from the Tyenna River and revegetate with native plants. This work is supported by the Fisheries Habitat Improvement Fund. At the next Willow Warriors working bee we will be doing follow up willow control and checking previously revegetated areas at the Westerway Raspberry Farm. We will also have a chance to learn more about water bugs, with a short identification session with Trish Clements and John Gooderham.

Trish and John will follow this with a full Waterbug Blitz on the Lachlan River a few weeks later, where participants can learn how to sample and identify water bugs. Waterbugs are small invertebrates that live in freshwater. These can include the water-based stages of many insects like dragonflies, damselflies, mayflies and caddisflies. Each type of waterbug has a certain sensitivity to pollution or water quality changes in their waterway. So the type and number of bugs found in a waterway can tell you how healthy it is. Understanding which water bugs are present in a river can also help you choose the best fly to catch fish.

Friday, 1 November

North Coast squid closure area re-opens.

 

Friday, 1 November

Striped trumpeter re-opens for recreational and commercial fishing

 

Saturday, 2 November

Waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone open for recreational rock lobster fishing.

 

Friday, 15 November

East Coast squid closure area including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage re-opens.

 

Saturday, 7 December

The East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone opens for recreational rock lobster fishing.

ifs 2019 10 28 guidesRecreational Sea Fishing Guide

Do you have the tools you need to fish within the rules? Supplies of the 2019-20 Recreational Sea Fishing Guide, plastic tackle box rulers and boat sticker rulers are available from Service Tasmania and tackle shops.

 

Abalone gauges and a new rock lobster multi-gauge which includes the North West Zone 120mm female size limit will be available in Service Tasmania shops soon. Some tackle shops will also have supplies.

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ifs 2019 10 28 rulesNew abalone and rock lobster rules take effect from 1 November.ifs 2019 10 28 lobster

Abalone: Regional bag and boat limits and new specifications for tools to measure and take abalone apply from 1 November. Check the rules before you go fishing.

https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/recreational-fishing/abalone

Rock Lobster: The size limit for female rock lobster in the North West Zone has increased to 120mm (see map). Fishers cannot possess female lobster smaller than 120mm inside this zone or when transiting from outside the zone to inside it.

https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/recreational-fishing/rock-lobster-and-crab

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ifs 2019 10 28 licenceBuy your fishing licence

Recreational sea fishing licences for abalone, rock lobster, scallops, nets and set lines are now available online and at Service Tasmania.

The recreational rock lobster season opens this Saturday 2 November in all waters except the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone so don't get caught out without a licence.

https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/recreational-fishing/recreational-sea-fishing-licences

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Tuesday, 15 October

Squid closure starts in upper south East Coast waters including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage.

https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/recreational-fishing/area-restrictions/calamari-closure-area

Sunday, 20 October

Gone Fishing Day - see free fishing events around the state.

https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/community-resources/fishcare-tasmania/gone-fishing-day

Friday, 1 November

Striped trumpeter re-opens for recreational and commercial fishing

Saturday, 2 November

Waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone open for recreational rock lobster fishing.

Saturday, 7 December

The East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone opens for recreational rock lobster fishing.

See https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-seasons

biotoxin 2019Biotoxin update

A biotoxin update relating to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins in bivalve shellfish and rock lobster research samples in Mercury Passage on the East Coast is now available on our website. Read the full update.

There is also a current Public Health alert warning not to eat recreationally harvested wild shellfish from the Mercury Passage and Spring Bay regions. Wild shellfish includes: oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, cockles and wedge shells. Seafood in shops and restaurants is safe to eat.

Source: https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/biotoxin-fishery-events


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Become a Fishcare volunteer

Why not become a Fishcare volunteer? It's a great way to do your bit for sustainable fishing in Tasmania.

What volunteers do:

· Run exhibits at outdoor and regional shows, AgFest and Liawenee weekend;

· Run fishing clinics for juniors and pass on practical fishing tips;

· Maintain local fishing signs and rulers.

Fishcare operates in all regions of the State. We particularly need new volunteers in the following areas: St Helens, Triabunna, Smithton, Port Sorell, Tasman Peninsula and Dover. Training sessions for new volunteers are being held soon.

Want to know more? Ring the Fishcare Coordinator on 6165 3039, visit our website or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

fisheries 2019Get into fishing!

Sunday 20 October is national Gone Fishing Day. Time to get out on the water with family and friends to celebrate all that's great about fishing in Tassie! It doesn't matter if you haven't fished before - join in one of the free events below

camden damThe Inland Fisheries Service installed an information sign in the car park at Tasmania’s newest fishery, Camden Dam in the north east last week. Camden Dam is situated approx. 10 km south of Targa via Camden Hills Rd and East Diddleum Road. There is one designated public access point and car park on the eastern side of the dam.

Anglers should be aware that there are numerous hazards around and in the dam such as floating debris and tripping hazards. Foot access is permitted around much of the lake however the dam structure, spillway and Camden Rivulet below the dam are strictly no access areas.

Motorised boating is not permitted however canoes and kayaks powered by manual propulsion are allowed. Kayakers should be particularly careful of submerged trees and floating debris.

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