Become a Fishcare Volunteer

​Fishcare Tasmania educates the community about sustainable recreational fishing. The program is operated by the Wild Fisheries Management Branch and supported by revenue from fishing licence fees. 

Fishcare volunteers give up their time to teach responsible fishing practices to the public and provide advice about fisheries rules. There are around 60 volunteers around Tasmania working to improve your fishing experience and to help keep our fisheries sustainable for future generations.



Who can become a Fishcare volunteer?

If you'd like to share your time and enthusiasm educating adults and children about responsible fishing please apply using the contact details below (minimum age is 16).

Applicants should have an interest in fishing or the marine environment.

What do volunteers do?

​Becoming a Fishcare volunteer is a great way to do your bit by looking after our fisheries and meeting other like-minded people.

The main activities for volunteers are:
  • talking to fishers and checking signage at local fishing spots;
  • running fishing clinics for children and community groups; and
  • promoting responsible fishing at fishing events, boat shows or AgFest.

How much time does it take?

Three to four hours once a month is usually required, however hours are flexible depending on the circumstances.

What training is provided?

The Department conducts training sessions from time to time to prepare volunteers. Topics covered include fisheries rules and management, fish identification and communications skills. Some volunteers who choose to help with our Fishcare Schools Program may undergo specialised training for this.


Do volunteers act in an enforcement role?

No. Volunteers act purely in an education and research role only.


How do I volunteer?​

Please go to NRE Tas Volunteer Registrations page and register as a Fishcare volunteer under Marine Resources (Fishcare Tasmania).  

More information can be found about NRE Tas volunteer programs and COVID-19 advice for NRE Tas Volunteers​. 

Regional Fishcare Coordinators are located in both the north and south of the state so please contact them using the contact details below to discuss your volunteering options and interests in more detail.

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    Contact

    Fishcare Volunteers North
    Fishcare Coordinator North (Work days: Mon-Wed)
    Mt Pleasant Offices
    171 Westbury Road
    Launceston TAS 7250
    Phone: 03 6777 2082
    Email: fishcarenorth@nre.tas.gov.au

    Fishcare Volunteers South
    Fishcare Coordinator South
    134 Macquarie St
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Phone: 03 6165 3039
    Email: fishcaresouth@nre.tas.gov.au

    Hotline

    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

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

    Commercial Fisheries

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries Licensing

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au