The Derwent estuary supports extensive recreational fishing activities.
Each year an estimated 20,000 anglers fish the region. In the upper estuary, anglers target sea trout and black bream, while the lower Derwent catches include flathead, Australian salmon, cod and other marine species.
The Derwent is also an important regional fishing port. Approximately fifty commercial fishing vessels are home-ported in Hobart. A similar number of vessels visit and use the port facilities.
Historically the estuary had significant commercial fishing operations. At present, however, only the lower reaches of the estuary are open to commercial fishing. Whiting and flathead are the main catch.
Restoring and promoting the Derwent estuary