Fishing future planned

A TEN-year strategy to protect, promote and improve recreational sea fishing has been released.

With Tasmania having some of the highest rates of fishing participation in the world, with more than 100,000 Tasmanians going recreational fishing each year, the strategy looks at sustainability, responsible fishing community involvement and making it easier for people to go fishing.

Fisheries Minister and Lyons MP Guy Barnett said recreational sea fishers made a significant contribution to Tasmania’s economy with an estimated $160 million a year spent on accommodation, fuel, bait, tackle and other equipment.

“The 10-year Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy recognises the social and economic importance of recreational fishing and outlines a forward-thinking approach to the future of marine recreational fisheries that includes a new vision and core principles to guide decision-making,’’ Mr Barnett said.
“The strategy outlines 54 actions under six key outcome areas including fisheries sustainability, promoting responsible fishing, community involvement, valuing recreational fishing, making it easier for people to go fishing and improving support for fishing.

So far, the Government has pledged $2.9 million to provide and upgrade fishing infrastructure and implement key actions under the strategy including rebuilding sand flathead stocks through a new Flathead for the Future program.

The strategy makes a commitment to develop harvest plans for priority species including abalone, rock lobster, calamari, flathead and emerging species such as King George whiting, snapper and yellowtail kingfish.

“The strategy also aims to strike the right balance between today’s fishers and ensuring healthy fish stocks in future.

The strategy also includes the establishment of a Working Group to identify pathways to transition away from the use of recreational gill nets over the next 10 years.

Visit http://www.fishing.tas.gov.au/ rec-strategy.

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