An estimated 6.5% of Tasmanians aged 18 years and over (22,100 people) fished in the 12 months to 30 June 2000. Of these, 81.4% were males (Source: Participation in Sport and Physical Activities, Australia (Cat. no. 4177.0).)
Fishing is also popular among visitors to Tasmania. In 2000-01, about 22,700 visitors (about 4.3% of all visitors) participated in recreational sea fishing, while 18,800 (about 3.5% of all visitors) fished for trout (Source: Tourism Tasmania, Tasmanian Visitors Survey).
ABORIGINAL CULTURAL ACTIVITY
An aboriginal person who is undertaking cultural activities does not require a recreational sea fishing licence. All other fisheries rules, such as bag and possession limits, size restrictions and seasons, must be followed.