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Agency Details

Agency Number: TA43
Title: INLAND FISHERIES COMMISSION
Start Date: 21 Aug 1959
End Date: 15 Dec 1999
Description:

The Hobbs Report in 1958 recommended the creation of a composite State Fish & Wildlife Service. A compromise reform was adopted the following year with the creation of the Inland Fisheries Commission to replace the Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries Commissioners. DF Hobbs was appointed the first full-time Commissioner to the new body.

While the enabling legislation received Royal Assent in August 1959, the old Commission continued to meet until the end of the year. It was not until February of the following year that all members of the new Commission had been appointed and the new Commission's inaugural meeting was held.

The new Commission was charged with the management, control, protection and regulation of salmon fisheries and fisheries in inland waters. It progressively shifted its promotional work from breeding in special hatcheries to conservancy activities for the natural habitat of the trout in the State's rivers and lakes. Suggestions for a composite sea and inland fisheries service were revived in 1963 but subsequently rejected by the Government.

In 1989 the Commission became a branch of the newly formed Department of Primary Industry for administrative purposes. At this time a Government employee was added to the membership of the Commission which also consisted of the Commissioner and three Associate Commissioners representing the Angling Associations. Following a change of Government it was relocated, on 18 February 1992, into the Department of Parks, Wildlife & Heritage. In February the following year this Department in turn was amalgamated with the Department of Environment and Planning.

The Inland Fisheries Act 1995 made further significant reforms including the appointment of a Director of Inland Fisheries and creation of an Inland Fisheries Advisory Council. The Commission was abolished under the Inland Fisheries Amendment Act 1999 and replaced by the Inland Fisheries Service the following year.

Information Sources:

Department of Primary Industry annual report 1989-90

Legislation Administered:

Fisheries Act 1959

Legislation Creating:

Fisheries Act 1959

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

Inland Fisheries Amendment Act 1999

Functions Performed:
15 PRIMARY INDUSTRIES [1]
18 SPORT AND RECREATION [1]
Controlling Agencies:
TA990 OFFICE OF THE MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE 01 Jan 1899 01 Jan 1975
TA990 OFFICE OF THE MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE 01 Jan 1899 01 Jan 1975
TA404 OFFICE OF THE MINISTER FOR FORESTS 01 Jan 1925
TA991 OFFICE OF THE MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES 01 Jan 1975 31 Dec 1976
TA417 OFFICE OF THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY 01 Jan 1976
TA903 DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRY 17 Jul 1989 18 Feb 1992
TA913 DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, WILDLIFE AND HERITAGE 17 Jul 1989 02 Feb 1993
TA1544 OFFICE OF THE MINISTER FOR INLAND FISHERIES 01 Jan 1992
TA1544 OFFICE OF THE MINISTER FOR INLAND FISHERIES 01 Jan 1992
Previous Agencies:
TA46 SALMON & FRESHWATER FISHERIES COMMISSION 11 Dec 1925 18 Dec 1959
Subsequent Agencies:
TA1740 INLAND FISHERIES SERVICE 01 Jan 2000
Related Agencies:
TA195 SEA FISHERIES ADVISORY BOARD 01 Jan 1941 31 Dec 1976
TA688 TASMANIAN FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 01 Jan 1977 31 Dec 1985
Series Created By Agency:
AA18  GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. 01 Jan 1960 31 Dec 1987
AE797  MINUTES & AGENDA PAPERS OF MEETINGS 29 Feb 1960 15 Nov 1999