Recreational Sea Fishing Licences for 1 Nov 2016 - 31 Oct 2017

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:
$53.55 - first licence (base fee of $45.90 plus $7.65 for first licence). Each additional licence type - $7.65.​
Concession Licence: Holders of a current Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink; holders of a current card issued by Dept of Veterans' Affairs (PCC, DVA Seniors Health Card, Gold/White Card); holders of a Seniors Card and persons under 16. Health Care Card holders are not eligible.$30.60 - first licence (base fee of $22.95 plus $7.65 for first licence). Each additional licence type - $7.65.
Additional Licence:$7.65 - fee to add a licence type plus cost of the new licence type.
Replacement Licence:$7.65 - replacement licence card.  Order a replacement card online.
Special Rock Lobster Licence:
(increased possession limit for 14 days)
$45.90 - must hold a recreational rock lobster licence. Western Region only.   See information and conditions.

Licence Information

Licences for the 2016-17 fishing year (from 1 Nov 2016 - 31 Oct 2017) are on sale from Monday, 17 October 2016. Licences bought after 17 October are valid from the date of purchase until 31 October 2017.

​Check Biotoxin Zone status before you apply

An algal bloom has persisted in areas off the East Coast since June 2016. Some zones may be closed to rock lobster fishing due to elevated biotoxins.  Before fishing or buying a rock lobster licence, check the BIOTOXIN EVENTS webpage for news on the open/closed status of Eastern Region Biotoxin Zones.

Please note that recreational licence fee refunds WILL NOT BE GRANTED if you are unable to fish in some waters 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 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 2017.

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 2017.

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

Troubleshooting when applying for your licence

Details not authenticated

If you receive an error message "Your details could not be authenticated", it means your details are not matching those on our database, including:

  1. the given name and family name not entered into their right fields;
  2. the licence number has been entered incorrectly.  The number is made up of two letter and four numbers (ie AE1050) - make sure you do not confuse "zeros" and the letter "O" and do not include the gear code; and/or
  3. a typing error

If you still aren't able to progress your application, contact Recreational Fishing on (03) 6165 3233 during business hours, as there may be errors on our database which can be corrected on the spot.  Avoid applying for a new licence as you will be issued with a new licence number and any gear markers/buoys will require updating before use.

Address validation - post office addresses

Addresses are validated when you apply for your licence online.  If using a residential address, the system will retrieve address options for you to select.  However, if you are using a post office address (ie c/- Post Office or P O Box) the system can't validate it and you'll be advised no matching addresses could be found and asked to re-enter the postal address.

When this occurs, re-enter your postal address then tick in the box at the bottom of the page "Accept address as entered (bypass validation)".  Then you will be able to progress through your application.

Digital Licence Cards

You now have the option to receive your digital licence card via 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 $7.65.

You can also choose to receive your renewal notice to be sent directly to your email; or you can choose to receive your renewal notice by post.

Recreational Sea Fishing Guide

As the Recreational Sea Fishing Guide is currently available digitally (Tas Fish Guide App) and is free to download for iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, we have included the option for you to not to receive the Recreational Sea Fishing Guide through the mail.  The Recreational Sea Fishing Guide and fish measuring rulers will continue to be available for collection through Service Tasmania shops or stockists.

If you nominate to receive the plastic card, recreational sea fishing guide or your renewal notification through Australia Post, these will continue to be delivered to your postal address as per previous years.

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.

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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