Responsible Boating

Professional sea fishers and farmers rely on healthy coastal and marine waters for their livelihoods. However, with changing sea temperatures bringing new biosecurity risks, and uncertainty around contemporary recommendations for looking after the environment, not all boat users understand their responsibilities.

So, the Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership (TSSP) has created a Boating Code of Practice to provide practical guidance on safe boating in Tasmanian waters for all waterway users. Boat users can find out information through their sector bodies, online and through their boating registration.

The Boating Code of Practice focuses on best practice for general marine safety, biosecurity risk reduction, dealing with marine debris and pollution, and caring for coastal and marine ecosystems, birds and mammals, and bycatch. It also provides advice for how to report incidents if they occur.

The Code of Practice is now available. Click here to download a copy.


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