Better Fishing Grants - Recreational Fishing

Status: OPEN

Applications for Better Fishing Grants - Small Grants are open.

Applications for small grants close on 28 February 2023.

Fish for the Future 


​Under the $2 million Investing in Improved Facilities for Recreational Fishers and Local Communities Commitment, the Tasmanian Government will continue to provide grants to make recreational sea fishing more accessible to Tasmanians.

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

Funding for small projects (up to $15,000) and large projects (up to $150,000) is 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.

Funding Rounds

Applications for small grants are open until 28 February 2023.

Further funding rounds for small and large grants will be announced prior to March.

We welcome enquiries from interested parties to progress ideas and applications.


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. Individuals and organisations with project ideas are encouraged to contact NRE to liaise with land managers on their behalf.

Guidelines and application forms

Small grants:

 Guide for Applications Small Grants - BFG Round 2

 Application Form Small Grants - BFG Round 2

Large grants:

 Guide for Applicants Large Grants - BFG Round 2

 Expression of Interest Form - BFG Round 2

Parkside Jetty St Helens

​Grant Recipients: Round 1​

​Five community projects have received funding through the first round of the Better Fishing Grants with a combined total of $30,500. The funded projects aim to improve the accessibility of recreational sea fishing to Tasmanians. 

​Project Title

​George Town Council
​Installing a fish cleaning table and tackle bin at York Cove
​Fi​s​hing tackle for the Reclink Fishing Program
​Naracoopa Progress Assn.
​Light and fish cleaning facilities at Naracoopa Jetty
​Swansea Primary School
​Equipment for the Sustainable Fishing Program
​Tuna Club of Tasmania
​A single channel base to improve communications for fishers


    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 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550