Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee

​The Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC) advises the Minister on recreational sea fishing matters including fishery rule reviews and policy.

The work program for RecFAC for the next few years includes providing input into:
  • Developing harvest strategies for abalone, rock lobster, calamari and flathead.
  • Total allowable catch and season date decisions.
  • Implementing the actions in the Tasmanian Recreational Sea Fishing Strategy.
  • The flathead for the future program.
  • Management of emerging species - King George whiting, snapper, yellowtail kingfish.
  • Resource sharing and area management.
  • Research and stock monitoring.
  • Improving stewardship and community engagement.

Meetings

There are around six meetings each year depending on current issues.  Meetings are held around the state, usually over a full day, although shorter video conferences are also held. Sub-committees will progress some topics rather than all members attending every meeting. Preferred meeting times (including out of normal business hours) and locations will be discussed by the Chair and members at their initial meeting.

Membership

The RecFAC membership composition balances a range of expertise and knowledge of fisheries, regions and gender representation while maintaining a strategic and constructive Committee.

Most members are from the recreational fishing community, plus a one each from NRE Tas, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing (TARFish), General Community and Conservation and Tasmania Marine Police.

Recreational representatives are fishers or community members who can provide strategic input into recreational fishing management, research and education planning. An informal background training session on fisheries management basics is provided to appointees.

Position

Name
Independent Chair Max Kitchell
IMAS Fisheries Research representative Sean Tracey
Tasmania Marine Police representative Snr Constable Eileen Langford/ Constable Ben Cunningham
Recreational Fishing Peak Body TARFish representative
Jane Gallichan
​TARFish representatives
​Mike Stevens
Recreational Fisheries representatives Stephen Scott, Andrew Hart, Brody Corbett, David Hawley, Jo McBain, Tony Eldridge, Jane Johnston, Kevin Bennett, Anna Minchin, Kimbili Johnson, Richard Sherriff
Community and Conservation
representative
Nepelle Crane
NRE Tas Fishery Manager (non-voting)
​Rod Pearn


Minutes

Meeting summaries, action items and recommendations and are recorded for each meeting. The Chair provides a report to the Minister summarising the key discussion points and outcomes of the meeting.


If you have an issue you would like the FAC to be aware of, please contact the RecFAC Executive Officer. Background information may be needed at least three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.

    Contact

    Recreational Fishing Enquiries
    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647
    Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Hotline

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    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