The key distinction between recreational and commercial fishing is that people fishing recreationally take fish for recreation and their own use whereas commercial fishers take fish for sale.
Recreational fishing is a Tasmania-wide activity. The widespread use of boats for fishing increases access to fishing grounds; however, boats used for recreation are usually smaller than commercial vessels and cannot be used safely to access all grounds fished by the commercial sector.
Increased ownership of boats, better navigation and fish finding gear, improved access roads and the increasing number of 4-wheel drive vehicles have all contributed to expand the range of recreational fishing and to magnify its potential impact on the fish resource.
The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment is responsible for the management of fishing in Tasmanian marine waters. The Inland Fisheries Service is responsible for freshwater fishing in defined inland waters.