Region 7 - Tasman PeninsulaNetting and Scalefishing Gear
Shark Refuge Areas
Reserves and Research Areas
Recreational fishing gear can be used in most Tasmanian waters, but there are a variety of restrictions depending on the area fished. Areas where restrictions apply tend to be in the more sheltered waters and may limit what gear can be used or prohibit the taking of certain species. There are also rules that apply to certain areas such as marine farms and research areas. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these restrictions before you go fishing in a particular area.
|There are a number of areas around Tasmania where restrictions on netting and the use of set lines apply. |
Generally, the use of nets and set lines is restricted in most rivers and estuaries to protect vulnerable species or sensitive habitats. Make sure that you check for any restrictions in your area before you go fishing.
|Prosser River: upstream from the mouth.|
|Mercury Passage: is a Shark Refuge Area and, as such, the taking of shark, skates and rays is prohibited. The use of set lines and mullet nets is also prohibited. |
The area bounded in the north by a line from Cape Bougainville to Cape Boullanger and in the south by a line from Cape Bernier to Cape Peron, further than 200 m from the shoreline.
Shoreline waters - the area within 200 m of the low water mark.
|Earlham Lagoon: upstream of the mouth of the lagoon.|
|Waterfall Bay and Patersons Arch: within 200 m of the low-water-mark of the shore from the main waterfall in Waterfall Bay east to the most southern point of Waterfall Bluff and within 200 m of the lookout on the point west of Patersons Arch.|
|Bream Creek: upstream from the mouth.|
|Blackman Bay: upstream from the mouth to Dunalley is a shark refuge.|
|Frederick Henry and Norfolk Bay (including Pittwater and Eaglehawk Bay): is a Shark Refuge Area and, as such, the taking of shark, skates and rays is prohibited. The use of set lines and mullet nets is also prohibited. |
Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay: Further than 200 m from the low-water-mark of Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay or seaward of the prescribed base lines.
Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay shoreline waters: bounded in the south with a line from Cape Contrariety to North West Head and within 200m of the low-water-mark or inshore of the prescribed lines.
Eaglehawk Bay: east of a line from Sympathy Point to Heather Point.
Carlton River: upstream of a line from the western most part of Carlton Bluff to the Carlton Beach Surf Lifesaving Club building on the opposite shore.
Pipe Clay Lagoon: upstream from the mouth.
Pitt Water and Coal River: upstream of a line running eastward from Sandy Point to the western extremity of Tiger Head.
The taking of shark, skates and rays is prohibited as is the use of set lines and mullet nets in the following areas: Blackman Bay (near Dunalley), Derwent River upstream of a line from Dennes Point to Cape Direction, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay (includes Pittwater), all the waters of those bays north of a line from Cape Contrariety to North West Head. Click here to view maps of these areas.
More information about shark refuge areas.
North Bay Research Area: In North Bay commencing at the intersection of the high-water mark and the line of longitude 147° 56’ 47.4” to the point 147° 56’ 47.4 / 42° 52’ 17.6” to the point 147° 57’ 38.3” / 42° 51’ 55.1” then due south to the high-water mark. No fishing by diving or use of rock lobster pots or rings. No possession of specially-marked research rock lobster. Click here for a map of this area.
More information about reserves and research areas.
Recreational Fishing Seasons
Recreational Rock Lobster Fishing
Recreational Abalone Fishing
Recreational Scallop Fishing
Recreational Fishing Licence Requirements
Bag, Possession and Size Limits
Safety, Weather and Tides
Contact: Recreational FishingRecreational Fisheries Section
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6233 7042
Fax: 03 6223 1539
Department switchboard: 1300 368 550 (local call cost within Australia)