Proposed rule changes for the Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery are now open for public comment.
The proposed amendments to the Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015 apply to commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fishing and include:
- reviewing size,bag and possession limits for depleted and depleting species for all fishers;
- introducing regional and statewide rules for depleted and depleting species;
- introducing two new commercial calamari licence types;
- reviewing recreational gillnetting arrangements; and
- introducing registration of charter fishing operations and reporting requirements.
Species that are assessed as depleted or depleting include sand flathead, calamari, striped trumpeter, bastard trumpeter, blue warehou, garfish and jackass morwong.
The proposed changes aim to improve the long-term sustainability of the scalefish fishery and modernise how it is managed.
Interim measures for sand flathead including changes to recreational catch limits have been introduced to alleviate fishing pressure while the rules review is undertaken.