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Being an Island, Tasmania is free of many pests and diseases. So we can stay this way, there are strict quarantine rules. These minimises the potential for accidental introductions, protect native fisheries and the integrity of Tasmania's aquatic ecosystems. There can be large fines for doing the wrong things - up to $25,000.

Of particular concern are the species

Anglers need to think about biosecurity when fishing. When angling, clean your fishing equipment, including boat and trailer, between waters and fishing trips.

Visitors, please

  • Declare any used fishing equipment when arriving from overseas.
  • Check, Clean and Dry your fishing equipment before coming to Tasmania.

Here are some common biosecurity rules:

Bait Fishing

You cannot bring live bait into Tasmania. This includes all types of fish, mainland yabbies, mudeyes and frogs, dead or alive.

You may not use fish or fish products as bait in any inland waters other than those sections of rivers subject to tidal movement.

You cannot use or possess bait in waters reserved for artificial lure or fly fishing, National Parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) (except lakes Mackenzie and Augusta where a single, handheld rod is allowed).

You may not use fish or fish products as bait in any inland waters other than those sections of rivers subject to tidal movement.

Releasing Fish

You cannot transfers fish, including mainland yabbies, into any waters (farm dams, creeks, rivers, lakes) without permission from IFS.

You cannot stock trout in farm dams, rivers or lakes without permission from the IFS.

Aquarium Pets

You cannot bring live fish into Tasmania for aquariums without permission from the IFS. If released, aquarium fish could establish and endanger fisheries and fish habitats. The greatest risk are aquarium fish with cold water temperature tolerances or those carrying disease and parasites.

Do not release the contents of aquariums; garden ponds/water features (i.e. fish, plants and water) into lakes, rivers, farm dams, drains or down the toilet. Contact us for correct and responsible disposal of unwanted fish, aquatic animals and plants.

Buy your aquarium fish from a dealers registered by the IFS.

Aquaculture (the farming of fish)

Aquaculture in inland waters must be licensed by the IFS. Contact us to discuss aquaculture opportunities in Tasmania.

Controlled Fish

Some fish have the potential to seriously damage recreational fisheries, the environment and harm native species. These fish have been declared 'controlled fish' under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995.

This applies to all species of mainland yabby (Cherax spp.), European carp and Eastern Gambusia. Under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995 it is illegal to import, release, transfer or have possession of these species in Tasmania. Fines of up to $25,000 can be imposed.