What types of fishing do I need a licence for?
You need a recreational sea fishing licence for the types of fishing specified below.
You don't need a licence to fish with a rod and line in marine waters in Tasmania -
For freshwater fishing, contact
Aboriginal fishers are exempt from holding a fishing licence.
$54.25 - first licence (base fee of $46.50 plus $7.75 for first licence). Each additional licence type -
|Concession Licence: Commonwealth Pension, DVA Concession, Government Seniors card holders and persons under 16.
Health Care Card holders are not eligible.||$31.00 - first licence (base fee of $23.25 plus $7.75 for first licence). Each additional licence type -
|Additional Licence:||$7.75 - add a licence type plus cost of the new licence type. |
|Replacement Licence:||$7.75 - replacement licence card.
Order a replacement card online.|
|Special Rock Lobster Licence:|
(increased possession limit for 14 days)
|$46.50 - must hold a recreational rock lobster licence.
Western Region only. See information and conditions.|
When does my licence expire?
Licences for the
2017-18 fishing year (from 1 Nov 2017 - 31 Oct 2018) are on sale from
Monday 16 October 2017
Licences bought before this date are for the previous year and expire on 31
October 2017. Licences bought after 16 October 2017 are valid from the date of purchase until 31 October 2018. Short term licences are not available.Make sure you renew your
licence rather than varying your existing year's licence.
Select the option "Apply to
renew my licence". The licence types you select for the new licensing year
will be valid from 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018.If you select the option "Apply to add Additional
Licence" before the 31 October 2017, the additional licence type will be
added to the current year's licence and will expire on 31 October 2017.
add a new licence for the 2017/18 licence year, select the option "Apply
to renew my licence" then choose the licence types from the list.
Check biotoxin status first
Before buying a rock lobster licence, check the
BIOTOXIN EVENTS webpage for the open/closed status of Eastern Region Biotoxin Zones. Fee refunds
are not granted if you are unable to fish in some areas due to biotoxin closures.
Buy a licence
You cannot legally fish or use licensed gear until your licence is issued. You don't need your card to go fishing but you can
print out a copy
of your licence or keep a copy of your receipt number to take with you.
Licences are valid from the date of purchase until 31 October 2018.
Or you can visit a
Service Tasmania shop
in person to buy your licence. You can also
check if your licence is current or
change your details.
Having trouble buying or renewing your licence? Read our
You now have the option to receive your licence card electronically to your email address; or you can still choose to receive a plastic licence card which will be mailed to your postal address within 21 days.
If you lose or would like to later apply for a plastic licence card, you can
order a replacement card online or at Service Tasmania at a cost of $7.75.
You can also choose to receive your reminder notice to be sent directly to your email; or you can choose to receive your reminder notice by post.
Recreational Sea Fishing Guide
You now have the option not to receive the printed Fishing Guide via mail. Use the electronic version (Tas Fish Guide App) or continue to pick up a copy of the printed Guide or fish measuring rulers at Service Tasmania shops or stockists.
If you nominate to receive the plastic card, Recreational Sea Fishing Guide or your reminder notification through the post, these will be delivered to your postal address as in previous years.
The licensing system issues you with a unique licence number that you can reactivate in future years so you can have the same buoy markings from year to year.
Check your licence number here.
If you held a Tasmanian recreational sea fishing licence in the past then your old number will normally be available.
Marking your gear
You must put your licence number on
rock lobster pot buoys
, unattended rings, graball nets, mullet nets and set lines. You must also identify the gear type by marking your buoy with a letter (G for graball net, M for mullet net, P for pot, LL for longline and DL for dropline) in clear figures at least 70 mm high X 12 mm wide.
Marker buoys must be at least 195 mm in diameter, spherical in shape and specifically designed as a buoy. Other buoys may be attached, but must not have any markings.