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Don't get caught out! Recreational sea fishing licences for rock lobster, abalone, scallops, nets and set lines are now on sale online and at Service Tasmania.

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Rock lobster - transiting seasonally closed areas

A reminder to recreational fishers that you cannot possess pots, rings or rock lobster in any part of the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone (ECSRZ) during the closed season for that area. This includes the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, and waters between St Helens and Eddystone Point - see maps below for boundaries. The ECSRZ boundary line at Eddystone Point is through the lighthouse at 40° 59' 35" S.

Due to high numbers of recreational fishers and the need for effective policing, there are no transiting provisions in place for the recreational fishery.


 Tasman Head, Bruny Island boundary


Eddystone Point boundary


Gamefish survey

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is undertaking a national survey to better understand recreational fishing for gamefish species.

Recreational boat owners may be contacted by a private research company on behalf of Marine and Safety Tasmania asking permission for their contact details to be provided to IMAS to source participants.

The Tasmanian component of the survey is gathering information about tuna, shark, striped trumpeter, blue eye trevalla and other deepwater species. IMAS staff will also be present at some boat ramps to interview fishers.

More information

Fishing reminders

1 November
North Coast Squid Area - re-opens for recreational and commercial fishing.

1 November
Striped Trumpeter season re-opens for recreational and commercial fishing.

3 November
Recreational rock lobster season - All waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone open.

15 November
East Coast Squid Area - re-opens for recreational and commercial fishing.

8 December
Recreational rock lobster season - The East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone opens.

Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
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Web: http://www.fishing.tas.gov.au