Better Fishing Grants - Recreational Fishing

Fish for the Future
Status: CLOSED - the Tasmanian Government is currently operating under caretaker conventions


​Under the $2 million Investing in Improved Facilities for Recreational Fishers and Local Communities commitment, the Tasmanian Government is providing grants to make recreational sea fishing more accessible to Tasmanians. The program will run until December 2024.

Grants of up to $150,000 are available for facilities that improve recreational sea fishing opportunities in Tasmania.

Submissions for both large projects (up to $150,000) and small projects (up to $15,000) are available.

These may include installing or upgrading:
  • pontoons, jetties or other structures for recreational fishing;
  • fish cleaning tables, bins, tables, shelters and lighting;
  • toilets near fishing facilities;
  • paths, steps, walkways or other access routes to fishing locations; and
  • other facilities directly associated with recreational shore-based fishing.


Small grants: - Incorporated not-for-profit organisations (including community groups and fishing clubs) municipal councils and other land managers are eligible to apply.

Large grants: - applications are open to public land managers where facilities are proposed to be located. Incorporated not-for-profit organisations (including community groups that can show capacity to manage a project of this size).

Guidelines and application forms

Information for applicants:

 Better Fishing Grants - Information for Applicants

Small grants:

 Better Fishing Grants - Small Grants Application Form

Large grants:

 Better Fishing Grants - Large Grants Application Form

Parkside Jetty St Helens

Grant Recipients

​Grant Round ​Project Title

​West Coast Council
​3Two fish cleaning station shelters at Macquarie Heads Boat Ramp (Strahan)
​Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing
​3​Weather Station Network Buoys - to allow fishers to find information on real time local sea conditions.
​$66 000
​St Helens Marine Rescue
​3​Real time web cameras - to allow St Helens Marine Rescue radio operators and fishers real time visual coverage of the waters to the north, east and south of St Helens Point.
​$15 000
​Musselroe Bay Community Inc.
​3​Fishing pontoon
​$133 450
​​Clarence City Council
​2Upgrading water and power supply to Bellerive Pier
​Huon Valley Council
​2​New Fishing Pontoon Shipwrights Point
​George Town Council​1​Installing a fish cleaning table and tackle bin at York Cove​​$10,000
​​Reclink​1Fi​s​hing tackle for the Reclink Fishing Program​​$3,485
​Naracoopa Progress Assn.​1​​Light and fish cleaning facilities at Naracoopa Jetty    ​​$3,800
​​Swansea Primary School​1​​Equipment for the Sustainable Fishing Program    ​$4,586
​​Tuna Club of Tasmania1​​A single channel base to improve communications for fishers​​$9,000


    Better Fishing Grants
    Recreational Fisheries Section
    Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Phone: 03 6777 2082


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    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


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    Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550