This Gone Fishing Day, Tasmanians are being encouraged to pick up a fishing rod, get out, explore and join Australia’s biggest fishing event.
Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Guy Barnett said Gone Fishing Day marked the beginning of warmer weather and the lead up to the new sea fishing licensing year.
“While there won’t be as many organised events this year due to COVID-19, there’s still plenty of ways Tasmanians can celebrate fishing today and over the coming months,” said Mr Barnett.
“Anglers Alliance Tasmania (AAT) and the Inland Fisheries Service are coordinating a free state-wide Junior Angling Day as part of Gone Fishing Day. There will be a number of junior angling venues across Tasmania stocked with fish by AAT and run by local angling clubs for juniors 17 years of age and under.”
He said the Tasmanian Tagged Trout Promotion was also on now, giving anglers the chance to catch one of five $10,000 tagged brown trout that have been released into lakes around Tasmania.
“Gone Fishing Day is also a time to reflect on the importance of recreational fishing to the Tasmanian way of life,” the Minister said.
“Tasmania has some of the best recreational sea fishing in the world with over 100,000 recreational fishers, and to help shape our recreational sea fishing future, we are developing the State’s first Recreational Sea Fishing 10-year Strategy.”
Tasmanians are also being invited to have their say on the Strategy. The discussion paper can be downloaded at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/rec-strategy with feedback being accepted until 25 October.