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Eel Fishery

The harvesting of short-finned eel (Anguilla australis) and long-finned eel (Anguilla reinhardtii) forms the basis of a commercial fishery in Tasmania. This is a limited entry fishery comprising of 12 commercial fishing licences. The majority of the catch is exported with some value added product supplied to the local domestic market. Each of the 12 licence holders has a defined catchment area to fish. The main capture method is fyke nets with some downstream trapping of migrating adult eels. Tasmania has significant upstream juvenile eel migrations which are obstructed by dams. Large aggregations of juvenile eels returning to freshwater are trapped at Trevallyn Dam in the North and Meadowbank Dam in the South. The Service undertakes annual harvesting at these locations with elver restocking programs ensuring the continued sustainability and commercial viability of Tasmania's eel fishery.

The harvesting of short-finned eel (Anguilla australis) and long-finned eel (Anguilla reinhardtii) forms the basis of a commercial fishery in Tasmania. This is a limited entry fishery comprising of 12 commercial fishing licences. The majority of the catch is exported with some value added product supplied to the local domestic market. Each of the 12 licence holders has a defined catchment area to fish. The main capture method is fyke nets with some downstream trapping of migrating adult eels.

Tasmania has significant upstream juvenile eel migrations which are obstructed by dams. Large aggregations of juvenile eels returning to freshwater are trapped at Trevallyn Dam in the North and Meadowbank Dam in the South.  The Service undertakes annual harvesting at these locations with elver restocking programs ensuring the continued sustainability and commercial viability of Tasmania's eel fishery.