Situation report on East Coast Algal Event Emergency Closures

A situation update dated 7 December is now available on the Emergency Fishery Closures webpage at

  • Sampling and testing indicates that Flathead and squid are safe to eat.
  • The area from Eddystone Point to the southern end of Marion Bay remains closed for fishing and taking of rock lobster and abalone for recreational fishers.
  • The recreational rock lobster and abalone closure will remain in place pending the results from rock lobster samples and other sampling within the closed area.
  • Results expected over the next week should give a better indication of how long the closures will be in place.

Public Health Contacts
For up to date information about public health alerts relating to eating shellfish, refer to the Director of Public Health's current Public Health warnings or phone the Department of Health and Human Services hotline on 1800 671 738.

East Coast Closures 29/11/2012

An update from DPIPWE on the emergency closure of part of the east coast of Tasmania to recreational rock lobster and abalone fishing.
Emergency Closures FAQs
On Thursday, 22 November 2012, part of the east coast of Tasmania was closed to recreational rock lobster and abalone fishing.  Some commercial fisheries are also closed.  The Recreational Fisheries Section of DPIPWE has been receiving a large volume of enquiries about the closure and a set of frequently asked questions has now been released with answers to questions such as:

  • How long will the closure be in place?
  • Can fishers transit through the closed area?
  • Which fish can I eat?

An update on the closure issued on 29 November, and the FAQs and answers can be found on the Emergency Fishery Closures webpage at

Recreational Fishery Closures - East Coast

Part of the east coast of Tasmania has been closed to recreational rock lobster and abalone fishing from midnight, Thursday 22 November 2012.  The affected area is from Eddystone Point in the north to Marion Bay in the south (see map below).

Latest News from the IFS 9/11/2012


Here are some of the latest news stories from the IFS. To see the full story click your mouse over the title. There have been a number of stockings over the last month, go to the stocking data base to see details.
Compliance activity on the northern Tasmania long weekend

On the weekend of the 3rd to 5th of November IFS compliance team and Tasmania conducted patrols of the Central Plateau to coincide with the long weekend in northern Tasmania. Throughout the three days...

Fishcare Calendar of Events

Fishcare Volunteers from the Northern, North-West and Southern regions attend fishing and community events around the state. Check the calendar below to find when they'll be at a fishing show or school fair near you.
If you'd like more information about Fishcare events, follow this link.

Statewide Training - Marine Discovery Centre

Fishcare training sessionThe Wild Fisheries Management Branch recently conducted a pre-recreational fishing season training weekend for Fishcare volunteers on 12-13 October 2012.

More salmon stocked at Craigbourne Dam and Meadowbank Lake IFS News 3/11/2012

More salmon stocked at Craigbourne Dam and Meadowbank Lake


Craigbourne Dam and Meadowbank Lake have had over 1200 salmon stocked into each during the last month. The IFS stocked another 600 Atlantic salmon into Craigbourne Dam and Meadowbank Lake. The fish were donated by Tassal and average 2.5 kilograms.


The Game Fishing Association of Australia (GFAA) has elected the Hobart- based angler Brett Cleary to the Presidency of the organisation in its 75th year as the national administration body for the sport of game fishing in the country.

2012-2013 Sea Fishing Season News from DPIPWE

Time to renew your licence
A reminder to fishers to renew their licences for abalone, rock lobster, scallops, netting and set-lines ahead of the start of the new recreational sea fishing licensing year on Thursday, 1 November 2012.
Sea fishing licences are available from all Service Tasmania shops and on the internet at

Sea Fishing Guide Available Online

The 2012-13 Recreational Sea Fishing Guide is now available online.  You can pick up a copy of the Guide or buy your licence for the new season from Service Tasmania outlets from 15 October.

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