Member Organisation Representatives
AUSTRALIAN FISHING TRADE ASSOCIATION Delegate - Steve Bax
SEA CHARTER BOAT OPERATORS of TASMANIA Delegate - Brett Sharp
TASMANIAN GAME FISHING ASSOCIATION Delegate - John Edwards
Chair - Brett Cleary
Brett was an inaugural Member Organisation delegate of TARFish and has been on the TARFish Committee almost continuously since 2004. Brett's recreational fishing skills and experience includes being a qualified Scuba Diver, Qualified Skipper and has previously worked as a Charter boat operator. Brett enjoys fresh and saltwater fishing and has owned a block at Tooms Lake for over twenty years. He is Past Deputy Chair of Recfish Australia and assisted with the change of organisational structure for Recfish Australia. Brett has previously been the President and Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Game Fishing Association. Brett is Past President of the Game Fishing Association of Australia, Director of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation and holds numerous positions in both state and national fishing committees and is passionate about looking after the interests of recreational fishers and their rights and access.
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 - Steve Bax
Steve was appointed to the TARFish Committee in 2014 and is the proprietor of Spot On the Fishing Connection in Hobart. Steve 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.
Expertise 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.
Northern Region Representative - Travis Preece
Travis developed a passion for fishing at a very young age. He was a member of the Longford Fishing Club from the age of 5, where he held a range of official positions. With his involvement in the Longford Fishing Club he developed a passion for fly fishing and enjoys fishing the Tasmanian inland lakes as well as his local rivers and streams. Over the last 15 years Travis has developed his true love in game fishing. This began in 1993 with trips to Port Sorell and in more recent years he has been a keen angler out of St Helens. Travis is an enthusiastic member of the Game Fishing Club of Northern Tasmania, where he currently holds the position of Vice President. Travis's greatest fishing highlights include catching a 75kg Black Marlin off the coast of Samoa and winning the 2009 St Helens Game Fishing Classic. Travis is passionate about ensuring our fisheries are sustainable for future generations to enjoy.
Associate Member Representative - Dale Maschette
Dale has been on the committee since 2015 and works as a Fisheries Researcher with the Antarctic Division. Dale has a marine research background and is quickly developing into a keen and enthusiastic angler.
Associate Member Representative - Vacant
TARFish has up to 2 positions on the committee for Associate Members. One position is currently vacant. If you are interested in joining the TARFish Committee please contact the CEO for details.