The Service has jurisdiction over all inland waters, which include lakes, rivers, farm dams, registered private fisheries, ponds and aquaria.
Key areas of management are based in:
- Recreational Fisheries;
- Commercial Fisheries;
- Native Fish;
- Pest Fish;
- Environmental Projects;
- Compliance; and
- Biological Consultancy.
Of these, a major focus is in Recreational Fisheries Management on the maintenance and development of Tasmania’s world-renowned trout fishery, and the protection of its relative disease free status. The State’s legendary ‘wild trout fishery’ is a legacy of the introduction of brown trout (Salmo trutta) over 150 years ago.
The fishery consistently attracts anglers from interstate and overseas, and caters for well over 22,000 Tasmanian anglers annually. The Service generates approximately one third of its revenue from the sale of recreational fishing licences.