Monitoring of PST levels in rock lobsters and mussel sentinel samples taken from the Central East Coast zone have returned results that will enable the recreational rock lobster fishery in this zone to open as scheduled on Saturday 19 November.
Pots may be set in the open areas from 13:00 hours  (i.e. 1 pm) on Friday 18 November 2016, however pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Saturday 00:01 hours (i.e. Saturday morning).

The zones that will open as scheduled on Saturday, 19 November are (see map below):

  • Storm Bay/Bruny Zone (Whale Head to Tasman Island);
  • Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Island to Marion Bay);
  • Upper East Coast Zone (Picaninny/Wardlaws Point to Eddystone Point); and
  • North East Zone (Eddystone Point to Banks Strait).

Western Region Opening

The recreational rock lobster season in the Western Region (waters west of Point Sorell around to Whale Head) opens this Saturday, 5 November. Fishers can set their pots from 1pm this Friday, then pull them after midnight when the season is officially open.

The pest fish species, Redfin perch are present in the Mersey River

To work out how widely Redfin are spread in the Mersey River, its inflowing creeks and farm dams we need YOUR help.

biotoxin 2016A harmful algal bloom continues to persist along the East and South East coasts. Monitoring of paralytic shellfish toxin levels in rock lobster and wild shellfish is continuing with further sampling scheduled for late October. The results from this will inform management decisions on the open/closed status of all zones prior to the scheduled opening of the Eastern Region on 19 November.

Read the latest biotoxin update

licence 2016Recreational sea fishing licences for abalone, rock lobster, scallops, nets and set lines are now on sale at Service Tasmania and online.
Please note that licence refunds will not be granted if you are unable to fish in some waters due to biotoxin closures.

Buy your 2016-17 licence

Have you tried whitebait fishing?

With favourable conditions, this season is looking like a great whitebait season.
The 2016 whitebait season opens for fishing on Saturday October 1 and remains open till Friday 11 November 2016.

Ever lost fish to seals? What were you fishing for? Are there more seals than there used to be? What should be done to manage seal-fisheries interactions?
Fishery researchers at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies need help from fishers to answer these and other questions for their investigation into seal-fisheries interactions in Tasmania. Participation is anonymous.
Please complete the survey which only takes about 15 minutes.

A new boat launching ramp has been developed to help recreational boaters and anglers enter yingina/Great Lake at lower water levels.

Hydro Tasmania and the Inland Fisheries Service have developed the new launching ramp at Boundary Bay, at a shared cost of $15,000.

The new ramp is about 300 metres east of the existing Boundary Bay launching area, and allows boats to be launched safely and efficiently when water levels in yingina/Great Lake are as low as 18.9 metres from full (the lake is currently about 17m from full).

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