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January 2024 Inland Fisheries Service News Archive

Jan. 29, 2024

Meadowbank Dam – Crest Gate 2 works starting!

Work on Meadowbank Dam’s second crest gate is underway. For more information about what we’re doing, visit For safety reasons, Lake Meadowbank will be lowered 2 metres below its usual level from 30 January 2024. Later this year (timing TBD), the lake will be lowered a further 4 metres while we test the newly...

Analysis of a skin swab from pouched lamprey collected from the Meadowbank Dam elver/lamprey trap
Jan. 24, 2024

Lamprey disease investigation: baseline survey in Tasmania

Kate Hutson (Cawthron Institute, Aotearoa|New Zealand) and the Inland Fisheries Service, Tasmania are working together to better understand the diseases of the pouched lamprey, Geotria australis, as part of a New Zealand based research programme, Emerging Aquatic Diseases. In New Zealand, the pouched lamprey (kanakana) are susceptible to “lamprey reddening syndrome” which typically causes skin...

Wild rainbow trout.
Jan. 24, 2024

Wild rainbow trout management report 2023

The Inland Fisheries Service recognises the value of maintaining wild fisheries as they are best suited to our environment and provide a much sought-after angling experience. We only stock waters when wild populations are not adequately maintained by natural recruitment, and we use wild fish whenever possible. Stockings are guided by the Tasmanian Inland Recreational...

Barges ready for deployment
Jan. 22, 2024

Lake Leake boat ramp closure

The Lake Leake boat ramp will be closed on Thursday 25th January 2024. Sub41 Construction Management and Tas Divers Group will be loading out construction equipment using the Lake Leake boat ramp and associated car park.  For safety reasons, the area will be cordoned off during this time. The barges are being used for dam maintenance...

The message from IFS is clear. Please wear your AS4758 compliant lifejacket as required and keep them serviced per the manufacturers instructions
Jan. 18, 2024

Fine sends message to others considering not wearing their lifejackets

In the Devonport Magistrates Court yesterday, Christopher Acheson of Port Sorell was found guilty of failing to wear a lifejacket whilst operating his boat on Lake Sorell in November 2022. After a hearing where officers from the Inland Fisheries Service and Marine & Safety Tasmania gave evidence, along with Mr Acheson, His Honour Magistrate Hughes convicted...