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Seasonal campfire restrictions commence in national parks and reserves


Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from Saturday 28th September at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park


Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p


When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

Information sought about illegal shark fishing


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is asking that the public contact ‘Fishwatch’ with any information that may assist an investigation relating to illegal shark fishing after a number of shark carcasses were found in a shark refuge area near Port Sorell on the June long weekend.

PWS Northern Region manager Chris Colley said that PWS staff at Narawntapu National Park were notified of a report of gummy shark carcasses and unborn baby sharks in the Rubicon River, Squeaking Point area.

An officer from Tasmania Police Service attended the area and confirmed that there were the remains of about nine gummy sharks which had been filleted and remnants of unborn baby sharks left on the side of the river near the end of Mill Dam Road.

The Rubicon River, Port Sorell is classified as a shark refuge area and the taking of shark is prohibited.

“Both Parks and Wildlife Service and Tasmania Police are concerned with this find as the taking of shark in any shark refuge area is considered a serious offence under the Living Marine Resource Management Act,” Mr Colley said.

Members of the public are asked to call ‘Fishwatch’ on 0427 655 557 with any information about this offence or any other fishing offences.  All calls to this number are considered confidential and any information received is treated accordingly.

Information sought about illegal shark fishing

One of the shark carcasses found in a shark refuge area near Port Sorell.