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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Fishing

Fishing in Tasmania's National Parks and Reserves

A fishing trip in Tasmania can take you to some of the most beautiful wilderness areas on Earth. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and its many lakes, tarns, rivers and streams offer anglers one of the world’s greatest trout fishing venues. Much of Tasmania has an equally wild and pristine coast, with more coastline per unit area than any other State in Australia. Its waters include the highest known marine plant diversity in the world. Several marine reserves around the coast of Tasmania are areas where fishing is prohibited or restricted, thereby ensuring the long-term ecological viability of Tasmania's marine environments.

Tasmania has a world-class system of national parks and reserves that protect some of the most intact natural ecosystems in Australia. Park entry fees apply in national parks.

When visiting these sensitive regions, please play your part in ensuring their future by following leave no trace guidelines. These are largely common sense, such as carrying out what you carry in, walking on formed tracks wherever possible, and pitching tents on established sites rather than creating a new one. Much of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is a fuel stove only area – open fires are not permitted, and in many areas, including all national parks and reserves, live bait cannot be collected – use lures or flies.

When walking on beaches, please be aware that you are sharing the beach with shore-nesting birds. Walk below the high-tide mark.

To minimise the spread of the root rot fungus start your walk with clean gear, including boots, tent pegs, gaiters and tent floor; use washdown stations where provided; and wash your gear at the end of a trip.

If fishing in an area where a toilet exists please use it! If there is no toilet, walk 100m away from any water, dig a 15cm hole and bury your waste and the toilet paper as well.

By following these simple guidelines you will assist in ensuring the long-term viability of Tasmania’s marine and freshwater fisheries, and our unique natural heritage. Remember, when fishing in Tasmania, fish for the future. Future anglers will thank you.

For Further Information

Inland Fisheries Service - the web site of the Inland Fisheries Service has a variety of information on Tasmania's freshwater fisheries.

Sea Fishing & Aquaculture - the Department of Primary Industries and Water's comprehensive web site includes recreational and commercial fishing, fish species information, permit fisheries, plus Fishcare.

Tasmanian Fishery provides a wealth of information and advice on fishing for trout by both fly and lure.