devonport fisheries forumAll welcome at North West forum - 16 April

Everyone is invited to our public forum in Devonport to discuss local recreational fishing issues and hear presentations from IMAS researchers and DPIPWE fishery managers.


  • Bluespot and rock flathead, King George whiting, short fin pike, garfish and estuary perch - a snapshot of key recreational fish biology.
  • New fish, new fishing opportunities? A case study of Tasmanian kingfish.
  • Calamari - what's the catch? What we know about growth and spawning closures.
  • Rock lobster - what's happening in the far north west plus East Coast rebuilding.
  • Forum discussion - your questions answered.

DATE: Monday, 16 April, 6.30 - 8.00pm

VENUE: Mersey Yacht Club, 6 Anchor Drive, East Devonport

More information

Wanted - King George whiting frames

IMAS lecturer Dr James Haddy is studying the growth and stock status of King George whiting in Tasmania and he needs your help.

If you are catching KGW, he would like your filleted frames, preferably with guts left in. Place in a plastic bag with details including date and area of capture.  When frozen,  contact James on 6324 3828 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can also catch up with him at the Devonport Fishing Forum where he'll be talking about KGW and other species.

Scallop season

Marine Police continue to enforce scallop catch limits, which ensure divers only take their fair share, leaving scallops in the water for future seasons.  Fishers are reminded that the scallop on-water possession limit and daily bag limit is 50.  This means you cannot dive in the morning, take your 50 bag limit then take more scallops later that day.  You can dive the next day providing you do not exceed the possession limit of 100 scallops anywhere in Tasmania.

During the Easter break, the Police issued a number of fines to fishers for exceeding catch limits and taking undersize scallops.

Scallop Rules

See you at AgFest

Visit our Recreational Fisheries display at AgFest in the Marine Section on Seventh Avenue from May 3rd - 5th.

  • Fish filleting demos;
  • Kids fishing pool;
  • Live rock lobster;
  • IMAS fisheries research display;
  • Free fishing rulers and guides available; and
  • All your fishing questions answered.

Season reminders

Rock lobster

The recreational season closes from Tuesday, 1st May for:

  • all rock lobster in the Eastern Region; and
  • for females in the Western Region.

Banded morwong

The season for banded morwong is currently closed and re-opens on 1st May.

Season Dates

Port Esperance biotoxin alert

The Public Health alert warning not to eat recreationally harvested wild shellfish from the Port Esperance region due to algal toxins remains current.

Read the Public Health Alert

Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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