Commercial Fishing

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

In this Topic

  • COVID-19 Fisheries Assistance
    Fisheries licence fee relief will be provided for 12 months as part of a package to tackle the impact of COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • 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
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

Licensing and Fisheries Monitoring Section
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550