Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

19 October 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Ensuring the sustainable management of Tasmania’s inland fisheries

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to managing Tasmania’s inland fisheries in a way that promotes participation in trout fishing, increases access for anglers, and supports regional businesses and communities now and into the future.

Tasmanians are invited to comment on the Draft Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28, from today.

Once finalised, the Plan will be a guiding document for the Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) to manage a sustainable, vibrant and healthy recreational trout fishery that is the envy of Australia and the world.

The Draft Plan includes community and stakeholder feedback from proposals outlined in the Issues Paper released earlier this year.

Today I also tabled the IFS annual report for 2016/17 which highlighted the significant progress that has been made to boost recreational trout fishing in the State, resulting in a small increase in angling licences on the back of improved river flows and lake levels.

The Government continues to support the IFS carp management program which has successfully eradicated the fish species from Lake Crescent and is on track to also eradicate it from Lake Sorell. It’s estimated that the carp population in Lake Sorell is now at only a few hundred fish.

Commercial eel fishing continues to grow and this year’s harvest was more than 53 tonnes.

The annual report also covered the significant IFS investment in recovery and repair efforts following the disastrous 2016 floods which damaged IFS equipment such as fish traps and angler’s access infrastructure, as well as to the river landscape.

The Hodgman Government is a proud supporter of Tasmania’s trout fishery which attracts about 25,000 recreational anglers each year and it was no surprise that Tasmania was selected to host the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships.

For enquiries about the Draft Plan or to arrange a presentation at your club or association meeting, contact the Inland Fisheries Service, otherwise a public meeting on will be held at the Great Lake Community Centre, Miena, on November 17, at 6 pm.

Comment on the Draft Plan can be made at: www.ifs.tas.gov.au, via email: infish@ifs.tas.gov.au or mailed: PO Box 575, New Norfolk, Tasmania, 7140, by December 18, 2017.

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