There are a number of fish and other aquatic species that are protected in Tasmania
and must not be taken for any reason. If by chance, they are accidently caught whilst fishing, you must return them to the water carefully and immediately regardless of whether they are alive or dead. Handfish, pipefish and seahorses are some species listed as protected and must not be taken.
There are many endangered and vulnerable fish species
that are on Tasmania
's Threatened Species Protection Act 1995. Many of these species are also protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 2000. These species must not be taken without a permit for any reason and if accidently caught, please carefully return it to the water with as little damage as possible. Please contact the Threatened Species Unit on: (03) 6233 8759 if the species is injured, dead or entangled in fishing gear. For the full list of threatened fish, please click Threatened Species List - Fish