Fishwatch - Report Illegal Fishing

Report illegal fishing to Tasmania Police:

  • Phone 6173 2475 (business hours);

  • Email: with details and photos; or

  • If urgent, ring Fishwatch on 0427 655 557.

Fishwatch Logo - orange fish with blue wording inside and telephone number to report illegal fishing: 0427 655 557. 

The following information will help the Marine Police combat illegal fishing:
  • Time and location of offence.
  • Fishing gear used with ID numbers.
  • Car rego numbers and boat distinguishing marks.
  • Boat descriptions.
  • Name or description of person/s involved.
Information provided to the Marine Police through Fishwatch may be:
  • given anonymously;
  • acted on immediately;
  • used to assist with ongoing investigations;
  • used for the planning of compliance operations in the future; or
  • used in the assessment and planing of education programs.

Buying or selling recreational fish is illegal

You are not allowed to sell, buy, barter or raffle recreationally caught fish.
Both the seller and the purchaser are liable for prosecution and heavy fines may apply. Offenders may face confiscation of boats and fishing gear and may be prevented from holding a fishing licence in the future.

You are allowed to give away fish that you have caught but you must not receive any commercial gain for it.  If you give fish away, make sure the receiver understands the possession limits​​ for that species.

Lost, stolen and irretrievable gear

If you leave your pot or net in the water for longer than allowed due to bad weather conditions, illness or theft, ring 1300 720 647 and provide them with your licence number.


    Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

    0427 655 557

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    Contact us

    Recreational Fishing

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    Hobart TAS 7000

    Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


    Commercial Fisheries

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


    Commercial Fisheries Licensing

    Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550