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How many Tasmanians go fishing each year and what do they catch?

by DPIPWE Fishing 15 Feb 01:57 UTC
Top 3 recreational finfish caught in Tasmania during the 2017-2018 survey period, flathead, Australian salmon and trout © DPIPWE Fishing

The results have been released for Tasmania's latest statewide recreational fishing survey.

Conducted every five years by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies the survey assesses key trends in catch and participation.

The latest findings include:

  • Almost one in four or 106,000 Tasmanians went fishing during 2017-18;
  • Flathead was the most popular recreationally caught fish with 1.7 million caught and 56% released;
  • Other important species were Australian salmon, trout and squid; and
  • Fishers spent $161 million on boats, fuel and fishing gear.
See all survey results here.

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