Harvest Strategy Policy

The Draft Harvest Strategy Policy for Tasmanian Wild Fisheries (the policy) and Draft Implementation Guidelines for the Harvest Strategy Policy for Tasmanian Wild Fisheries (policy guidelines) are now open for public comment until the 21st April 2023.

Harvest strategies​ achieve fishery management objectives by establishing clear guidelines for management actions that are to occur in response to changes in the fishery.

The animation explains the purpose of a fisheries harvest strategy.

Have your say

NRE Tas Fisheries is seeking your input on:

 DRAFT Harvest Strategy Policy for Tasmanian Fisheries - 2023 (PDF 743Kb)

A framework to develop, implement and review harvest strategies and rebuilding strategies for Tasmanian wild fisheries.

 DRAFT Guidelines for implementation of the Harvest Strategy Policy for Tasmanian Fisheries 2023 (PDF 453Kb)

Supporting guidelines that provide clear direction to fisheries managers, fishery scientists and key stakeholders for application of the policy.


The draft policy and policy guidelines should be read together. They aim to balance clear policy principles with retaining the flexibility to tailor harvest strategies to meet individual fishery needs. Together, they outline the process and key elements for a consistent approach to developing harvest strategies in Tasmania.

Feedback on the draft policy and policy guidelines is being sought from all stakeholders including commercial, recreational and Aboriginal cultural fishers and well as scientist, environmentalist and other interested parties.​

Policy principles

The proposed policy has been drafted in accordance with the National Guidelines to Develop Fishery Harvest Strategies, supports the objectives of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and broader goals of ecologically sustainable development. ​It is important to note that the policy and policy guidelines are not, themselves, a harvest strategy. Rather, they provide the framework for future development of fisheries specific harvest strategies.


Although harvest strategies can manage extraction from all sectors including commercial and non-commercial fishing, this policy does not establish a resource sharing policy.  

The main policy principles propose that harvest strategies in Tasmania: 

Harvest strategy policy 

How to make a submission

All written submissions must be received by 9:00am on 21st April 2023. Submissions can be forwarded to:

Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au​

Mail:   Wild Fisheries Harvest Strategy Management

          Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania

          GPO Box 44

          Hobart  TAS  7001

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and published on our website once submissions have been considered.

For further information, please email fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au or call 1300 720 647.

Information about submissions

All submissions will be treated as public information and made available on the NRE Tas website. If you wish your submission to be treated as confidential, either whole or in part, please note this in writing at the time of making your submission. No personal information other than the name of individual submitters will be disclosed.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment. ​


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