Commercial Fishing

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department manages Tasmania's valuable commercial fisheries such as rock lobster, abalone, scallops and shellfish under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 .  

In this Topic

  • Fisheries Assistance
    The 2021 Fisheries assistance package is providing fee relief to rock lobster and other commercial fishers.
  • Commercial Fishing Licences and Seasons
    Information on licence applications and open and closed seasons for commercial fisheries in Tasmania.
  • Abalone Fishery
    The Tasmanian abalone industry is a major contributor to the Tasmanian economy.
  • Commercial Dive Fishery
    Information on the commercial dive fishery including sea urchins and periwinkles.
  • Giant Crab Fishery
    The giant crab fishery is a comparatively small commercial fishery which is managed by individual transferable quotas.
  • Rock Lobster Fishery
    The commercial rock lobster fishery has been an important component of the State's fishing industry for more than 150 years.
  • Scalefish Fishery
    The scalefish fishery is a multi-species, multi-gear fishery that is predominantly made up of small owner-operated businesses.
  • Mackerel Fishery
    The Tasmanian Mackerel Fishery is governed under the Fisheries (Mackerel) Rules 2019. Purse seining is the method of capture in State waters. No board trawling of any kind is permitted in any State waters.
  • Scallop Fishery
    The Tasmanian scallop fishery is primarily based on the harvest of the commercial scallop.
  • Seaweed Fishery
    The main components of this fishery are the collection of cast bull kelp and harvesting of the introduced Undaria.
  • Shellfish Fishery
    The commercial shellfish fishery includes clams, cockles, mussels and oysters.
  • Permit Activities
    Information on fishing permit activities that are otherwise prohibited under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995.


Wild Fisheries Management Branch
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000

Fisheries Compliance and Licensing Branch
Level 1, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550