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Stocking Forms and Fish Orders

Stocking Application Process and Approval Conditions and fish orders.

Approval by the Service for the sale of trout for stocking of ponds and dams, is subject to standard conditions. A permit fee (see form) must be paid to the Service before the application is assessed. The approval for stocking applies only to the single water nominated on the application form.

If the application is approved, the applicant must arrange for an authorised person to transfer the fish. This is because the Service does not permit individuals to collect their own fish. It only allows authorised persons to collect and distribute trout. The trout may only be purchased from licensed fish farms in Tasmania and only triploid trout are permitted for stocking farm dams.

Once stocked, the trout may not be artificially fed. In addition, they may only be taken from the stocked water by means of angling under the current regulations. This means that all anglers must be licensed, including the landowner, and the trout may only be taken during the normal brown trout open season (ie from the first Saturday in August of one year to the Sunday nearest 30 April in the following year).

Upon receiving the fish, the applicant should receive a signed statement from the fish farm supplying the fish with the numbers and size of fish delivered. Applicants must send this receipted letter on to Service, particularly for any further stocking applications to be considered. All stockings of farm dams for private fishing remain confidential and will not be published in detail by the Service.

Quantity of Fish Stock

For a dam with a surface area of 0.4 hectares (1 acre), the number of fish stock recommended is 250 fry or 150 yearling fish. For dams having an irregular shape, a simple method of calculating the number of fish is to pace out the shoreline. For every 100 metres allow 35-50 yearling fish. Natural mortality during the first year is variable but up to 25% of the fish could be lost. This figure is greater for fry. Given average conditions, fish will usually grow to 400-500g (1lb) by two years of age.

Fish Stock Orders and Supply

A stocking application form must be completed and submitted to the Service, and the application approved, prior to arranging for the purchase or supply of fish stock. Brown trout fry and fingerlings (up to approx 20 g) are supplied free of charge from the Service’s hatchery for stocking public waters. Both diploid and triploid rainbow trout fingerlings at an average weight of 20 g can be purchased from the hatchery for $2.70 per fish plus GST.

This price does not include any administrative costs (eg application fee, health certificate or associated permits). The Service can arrange transport with the cost of delivery calculated on an hourly rate of approximately $75.00 per hour plus GST. Other fish dealers provide stock at various age classes and varying prices. It is advisable to contact suppliers to find out availability of stock and the estimated costs.

Application Forms

 Title   Date   Size 
File Exemption permit for Aquaponics applications Jul 03, 2017 141.3 kB
File Private dams for exclusive fishing - application form Jul 03, 2017 212.2 kB
File Private Dams for Public Fishing - Application form Feb 22, 2017 100.7 kB
File Private Dams for Angling Club activities - application form Feb 22, 2017 2.4 MB