Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc.

Campaigns

Marine environment and wild fisheries

Dolphins
Dolphins
Photo: Jon Bryan
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The sea surrounding Tasmania contains fascinating endemic species as well as spectacular marine life and underwater seascapes, providing some of the best diving sites on the planet. The TCT has been involved with issues relating to marine reserves, aquaculture, water pollution and fisheries management and works towards protecting the many natural values that can be found in this important part of our island’s environment.

Good fisheries management is an integral part of managing Tasmania’s marine environment and protecting its natural values. The TCT has been involved with fisheries management for many years. We are working to end recreational gill netting and to create more marine national parks.

At the state level, the TCT is represented on bodies such as the:

  • Scalefish Fishery Advisory Committee (FAC)
  • Scallop FAC
  • Crustacean FAC
  • Abalone FAC
  • Marine and Marine Industries Council
  • Seal Management Forum and
  • Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (or TarFish)

At the national level we are represented on the:

  • Small Pelagic Fishery Management Advisory Committee (MAC) and
  • Scallop MAC

We actively participate in government processes and provide advice on all aspects of the marine environment.

Recreational gill netting

Bastard trumpeter caught in a gillnet. Photo: Jon Bryan
Bastard trumpeter caught in a gillnet.
Photo: Jon Bryan
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Little penguins in gillnet, Chalky Island 2005. Photo  Suzy Manigian.
Little penguins in gillnet, Chalky Island 2005.
Photo © Suzy Manigian.
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The TCT wants to end recreational gill netting as well as recreational fishing with drop lines using more than two hooks. We believe that it is inappropriate to allow recreational fishers to use this type of commercial gear to target already overfished species. Use of this gear results in a huge waste of undersized and unwanted fish. Recreational gillnets also pose a great threat to protected species such as little penguins, dolphins and other seabirds and marine mammals.

Write to the Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, David Llewellyn, calling for a ban on recreational gill netting as well as recreational fishing with drop lines using more than two hooks. Address details in the What you can do section.

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