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Depleting Fish Stocks

Tasmania’s seafood is world class and our island State has become a top destination for “foodies” keen to sample the bounty of our exceptional marine environment. 

Tassie also has the highest level of boat ownership in the country, and up to one in five Tasmanians engage in recreational fishing. Unfortunately, Tasmania’s fish stocks are under pressure, with the 2021 Government assessment of scalefish species noting that six Tasmanian species are depleted or depleting including sand flathead, calamari and striped trumpeter. 

The Tasmanian government is currently reviewing the state’s Harvest Strategy Policy and the Scalefish Fishing Rules. The government has also made the tough interim decision to reduce bag limits for the depleted Sand flathead.

Fishing is a Tasmanian way of life. Environment Tasmania supports sustainable fishing practices that will ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy fishing.



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