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.
$53.55 - first licence (base fee of $45.90 plus $7.65 for first licence). Each additional licence type -
|Concession Licence: Centrelink Pensioner Concession card holders; Dept of Veterans Affairs card holders (PCC, DVA Seniors Health Card, Gold/White Card); Seniors Card holders 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 -
|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.|
How long are licences valid for?
Licences are valid from the date of purchase until 31 October 2017. Short term licences are not available.
Check biotoxin status before you apply
Before buying a rock lobster licence, check the
BIOTOXIN EVENTS webpage for the open/closed status of Eastern Region Biotoxin Zones. 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 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 2017.
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 $7.65.
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
You also now have the option not to receive the printed Fishing Guide via mail. You can 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 renewal 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 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.
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.