Member Organisation Representatives
AUSTRALIAN FISHING TRADE ASSOCIATION Delegate - Stephen Bax
SEA CHARTER BOAT OPERATORS of TASMANIA Delegate - Brett Sharp
TASMANIAN GAME FISHING ASSOCIATION Delegate - John Edwards
SCBOOT Delegate - Brett Sharp
Brett has been on the TARFish Committee since 2009 and is a successful small business operator in Tasmania. Brett is passionate about recreational fishing having dived and fished most of our coastal waters around the state. Brett runs Force 10 Charters and represents the interests of charter operators on the TARFish Committee.
AFTA Delegate - Stephen Bax
Stephen was appointed to the TARFish Committee in 2014 and is the proprietor of Spot On the Fishing Connection in Hobart. Stephen has strong links to the recreational fishing community through active sponsorship of major fishing events and his direct interactions at his busy Hobart Tackle store.
TGFA Delegate - John Edwards
John has been fishing Tasmanian waters for more than 40 years. In his early years he was a keen diver participating in spear fishing and representing Tasmania in the Australian Spearfishing Championships on a number of occasions. His early working years saw him commercially crayfishing the east, south and west coasts as well as scallop fishing in the north east. John became interested in game fishing during the early 80's while he lived and worked in a land based occupation on the Tasman Peninsula. In recent years John has been an enthusiastic game fishing competition competitor, is the current President of the Tuna Club of Tasmania and also a member of the Game Fishing Club Northern Tasmania. John has home bases in both Burnie and Hobart so recreationally fish's state wide. Fishing to John is seen as the jewel in the crown of the best state in Australia and is world class in what it offers every Tasmanian.
Conservation Representative - Jon Bryan
Jon is a current member of Abalone Fishery Advisory Committee (FAC), Crustacean FAC, Recreational FAC, Scalefish FAC and Scallop FAC. He is also a member of two Commonwealth fishery management advisory committees and a resource assessment group, and therefore has a broad experience of the way fisheries are managed in this part of the world. He has also been a member of the Marine and Marine Industry Council and a variety of other bodies involved with management of Tasmania's marine environment. Jon Bryan also has over thirty years direct experience of the Tasmanian marine environment, mostly via diving, but also through recreational fishing and work on research projects. He studied fisheries management, marine biology and ecology as part of his science degree. He currently does some work for the Tasmanian Conservation Trust on marine issues, but is primarily self-employed, where a major component of his work is underwater photography. Jon has dived widely around the world, including the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Maldives, Thailand, Canada and Ireland. He has a broad experience of local environmental issues as well as the way fisheries are managed in this part of the world.
Expertise Representative - John Cleary
John is the former Tasmanian Minister for Inland Fisheries 1992-98 and a former member of the Commonwealth Government Recreational Fishing Grants Assessment Panel, former Tasmanian Fisheries Research Advisory Board member and former Vice Chairman Recfish Australia from 2006 to 2008. He is the currently Chairman of the Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Advisory Council since 2007 and President Southern Highlands Progress Association. John is a currently a member of Fly Fishing Australia.
Expertise Representative - Dane Jones
Dane sat on the TARFish Committee for a number of years as the delegate member for the Australian Underwater Federation Tasmanian Branch and currently sits as an expertise based member with over 10 years experience working in the marine research area. Dane has a strong set of underwater research capabilities and remains a strong advocate for the underwater diving community in Tasmania.
North East Region Representative - Howard Jones
Howard joined the TARFish Committee in 2017. Having fished the polluted canals and River Mersey as a child in northern England and arriving in Tasmania as a young man Howard was blown away by the incredible environment and the fishing opportunities his adopted state provided. He became an avid fly fisher for trout in highland lakes and lowland rivers. Sent to the east coast as a beginning teacher, crayfishing and diving became a new passion and the salt a major focus. Howard was blessed to take on marine science teaching at St Helens District School and revelled in sharing experiences of our unique environment with students of all ages. Care and respect for local fisheries, sustainability and a broad understanding of the marine environment are foundations of his teaching and remain a driver of Howard's continued learning. Now retired Howard has time and enthusiasm to both indulge in his passion for fishing and pursue his interest in the management of Tasmanian fisheries at a higher level. Howard hopes to both represent the concerns of anglers of the north east and communicate policies and decisions of TARFish to his local community.
Associate Member Representative - Brian Hinson
Brian has had 10 years of experience recreational catch and release freshwater angling in England and Ireland, then 50 years of recreational fishing in Tasmania. Here he has fished for trout with fly and lure. His favourite spots for trout include the Lune River, Lakes Echo, Crescent, Little Pine, Arthurs and Dee. He’s caught many Tasmanian saltwater fish species with rod and line, spear (flounder and snorkelling), grab-all and beach seine nets, plus rock lobster rings and pots. His location preferences include the outside of Maria and Bruny Islands, the Tasman Peninsular, and the coastline near Southport. In season, trolling for tuna becomes his main passion. Brian is interested in marine conservation and believes that we should consider setting up more marine reserves, before further reducing recreational fisher’s bag limits and/or removing their rights. Also, he wants to help to encourage more school age children to get out-of-doors and take up rod and line fishing. He believes that regular junior fishing competitions around the State, can assist in this outcome.
Associate Member Representative - Vacant