Tasmania’s freshwater fishing spots are among the best in the world, and attract huge numbers of interstate and international fishers keen to enjoy our pristine waterways while trying to hook a prize catch.
Unfortunately, our waterways and surrounding environment are under threat from introduced pests, weeds and disease-causing pathogens.
One drop of contaminated moisture from your boat or fishing gear is enough to put a pristine area at risk.
One of the major threats we face is an algae that has already spread from the northern hemisphere to New Zealand waters. It chokes rivers so badly that whole waterway systems effectively die. It’s called Didymo, and its common name is ‘rock snot’, which might tell you a little about what it’s like. If Didymo takes hold in Tasmania our environment will be unrecognisable.
Another problem is an introduced fungus called Chytrid, which has wiped out entire frog populations elsewhere in the world. It’s already popped up at some places in Tasmania and we’re working hard to make sure it doesn’t spread any further.>> Read the full story
Check, Clean, Dry
Whatever your activity when you get out into Tasmania’s wild places – whether that be in a national park or on private land – please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the resources we’ve prepared to help you Check, Clean (Disinfect), Dry your gear.
If you’re the type of fisher who sticks to one lake or river then there’s little risk of spreading unwanted organisms around. But if you’re a fishing tourist, guide or adventurous type who likes to travel around then it’s crucial you don’t unwittingly carry a microscopic hitchhiker between fishing sites.
Not only is it important to clean your gear before you go fishing in Tasmania, it’s crucial to get into the practice of cleaning everything when moving from one site to another within Tasmania, as we don’t want to spread existing pests, weed seeds or pathogens around any further.
Make sure your boat and equipment is spotless before you visit a new waterway. Check, Clean and Dry it between sites, and if you can’t be sure your gear will dry before you next use it, Disinfect as well.
How can you help?
- When washing your boat, soak the bilge and wells with F10 disinfectant (be careful where you drain it – although it is biologically safe it doesn’t belong in a waterway).
- Pay special attention to cleaning your trailer.
- Waders are of particular concern as they take so long to dry. Felt-soled waders are particularly problematic – avoid using them if you can. If you can’t give your waders at least 48 hours to dry out, soak them in an F10 solution for at least half an hour.
- Check your flies, guides and reel to make sure they’re not harbouring weed, and make sure all your fishing clothing is clean and dry before you use it again.
These short videos will help you to understand the significance of the problem we face here in Tasmania:
How Didymo can affect a waterway
Protecting Tasmania's frogs
Biosecurity field hygiene kit
You can obtain a biosecurity field hygiene kit from us. It’s a great resource to help you and your mates keep your boat and equipment clean.
The trout fishing industry takes Didymo prevention very seriously. For contacts and support check out these websites.