Recreational Sea Fishing Licences for 2015-2016

Licence Types

You need a recreational sea fishing licence for the following 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 Inland Fisheries.

AbaloneInformation about abalone rules and catch limits.
Rock Lobster Dive
Not available to children under 10 years.​  Read about seasons, catch limits and rules.
Rock Lobster Pot
Not available to children under 10 years.​  Read about seasons, catch limits and rules.
Rock Lobster Ring
Not available to children under 10 years.​  Read about seasons, catch limits and rules.
Graball Net
Not available to children under 10 years. Information about nets allowed and how to mark them.
Mullet Net
Not available to children under 10 years.  Information about nets allowed and how to mark them.
Beach Seine Net
Information about nets allowed and how to mark them.
Scallop
Read about scallop seasons, areas and catch limits.
Set Line
Not available to children under 10 years. Information about setlines and how to mark them and area restrictions.
Aboriginal Fishing
​Aboriginal fishers are exempt from holding a fishing licence. More information.


Licence Fees

Standard Licence: $52.85 - first licence (base fee of $45.30 plus $7.55 for first licence). Each additional licence type - $7.55.​
Concession Licence: (Commonwealth Pension and Government Seniors Card holders and persons under 16). Health Care Card holders are not eligible.$30.20 - first licence (base fee of $22.65 plus $7.55 for first licence). Each additional licence type - $7.55.
Additional Licence:$7.55 - fee to add a licence type plus cost of the new licence type.
Replacement Licence:$7.55 - replacement licence card.  Order a replacement card online.
Special Rock Lobster Licence:
(increased possession limit for 14 days)
$45.30 - must hold a recreational rock lobster licence. Western Region only.   See information and conditions.

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 may prefer to 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 2016.

Please note that recreational licence fee refunds WILL NOT BE GRANTED if you are unable to fish in some waters due to biotoxin closures. 

Licence button

Or you can visit a Service Tasmania shop in person to buy your licence.  Licences are valid from the date of purchase until 31 October 2016.

You can also check if your licence is current or change your details

Licence Cards

When you buy a licence, you will receive a temporary licence or receipt number, and a plastic licence card will be mailed to your address within 21 days. In the interim, the licence can be used, but you may wish to carry your temporary licence.  If you don't receive your licence card after this time, please contact Recreational Fishing on (03) 6165 3233 or 1300 720 647.

If you lose your licence card, you can order a replacement card online or at Service Tasmania at a cost of $7.55.

Licence Numbers

The licensing system issues you with a unique licence number that you can renew 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 Buoys

Gillnet buoyYou 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.

Privacy

Personal information will be collected from you for the purposes of maintaining a register of persons holding authorisations and fishing certificates pursuant to the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and will be used by DPIPWE for purposes permitted by this Act. Your personal information may be disclosed to other public sector bodies where necessary or if required by law. Personal information will be managed in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004 and may be accessed by the individual to whom it relates on request. You may be charged a fee for this service.

Contact

Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Recreational Fisheries Section
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647
Email: fishing.enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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