Commercial Fishing Licence Requirements

Commercial fishing boats

General Information

Commercial marine (saltwater) fishing licences vary according to the species being caught, and no new licences are presently being issued for most commercial fisheries. To conduct your business activities as a commercial fisher you may require a number of different licences so please read the information below carefully.

All commercial fishing licence enquiries should be directed in the first instance to the Licensing and Fisheries Monitoring Section. Ph: (03) 6165 3000. Application forms for commercial fishing licences are available on this site.

Many fishing business activities are also controlled by Codes of Practice, so check with your industry association for relevant codes.


Common Licences

  • A Tasmanian Commercial Fishing Licence is required for all species fished in state waters.
  • You will require a fishing licence (personal) if you intend on supervising a fishing licence in taking, possessing, selling or disposing of fish for commercial purposes.
  • Persons intending to operate a commercial fishing vessel must be the holder or supervisor of a Fishing Licence (Vessel).
  • Persons intending to process abalone, rock lobster, giant crab, banded morwong, scallops, or over 10,000kg of any combination of other species per annum must do so under the authority of a Fish Processing Licence.
  • Persons intending to conduct activities that contravene the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 (eg scientific research, the development of new fisheries or fishing technology) must obtain an exploratory permit.

For further information contact the Licensing and Fisheries Monitoring Section on 03 6165 3000


Other Requirements

  • All commercial vessels require proof of current survey from Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Ph 1800 627 484
    or 02 6279 5000).
  • Deck hands may require a Certificate of Competency from Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Ph 1800 627 484
    or 02 6279 5000).
  • Persons intending to be a Master, Skipper, Coxswain, Coxswain Limited, Coxswain Restricted, Engineer or Engine Driver on a commercial vessel must obtain a Certificate of Competency from Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Ph 1800 627 484 or 02 6279 5000).

Licence Requirements for Commonwealth Fishery

  • For further information on the Commonwealth Fishery contact the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Licensing and Entitlements Section (Ph: 1300 723 621 or 02 6225 5555) or visit the AFMA website at https://www.afma.gov.au.

Related Information

  • To disturb or recover shipwrecks or relics, a Permit to Disturb or Recover Historic Shipwrecks/Relics is required from the Historic Heritage Section, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and the Environment (Ph: 03 6165 4220).
  • Persons intending to engage in activities within a protected zone, (an area within a prescribed radius of certain shipwrecks) must obtain a Permit to Undertake Prohibited Activity in Protected Zones from the Historic Heritage Section, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and the Environment
    (Ph: 03 6165 4220).
  • A permit is presently not required for the accidental killing, injuring or taking of cetaceans (whales, dolphins or porpoises) which occurs during the course of a licensed commercial fishing activity. For further information contact the Australian Department of Environment and Energy (Ph: 02 6274 1111)
  • An Australian Shipping Registration Certificate is required for commercial passenger and cargo ships of 24 metres or more in length and all ships travelling overseas. Contact the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA),
    (Ph 1800 627 484 or 02 6279 5000).
  • Masters and Navigational Watchkeepers who intend to work on vessels subject to Commonwealth jurisdiction must obtain a Certificate of Competency: Deck (AMSA) from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Ship Operations and Qualifications (Ph 1800 627 484 or 02 6279 5000).
  • Ship engineers who intend to work on vessels subject to Commonwealth jurisdiction must obtain a Certificate of Competency: Engineer (AMSA) from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Ship Operations and Qualifications (Ph 1800 627 484 or 02 6279 5000).
  • Persons intending to serve as a rating in deck and engine room departments of Australian ships on interstate or overseas voyages must obtain a Certificate of Proficiency as Integrated Rating (AMSA) from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Ship Operations and Qualifications (Ph 1800 627 484 or 02 6279 5000).
  • Trading ships (passenger/cargo), fishing vessels and fishing fleet support vessels proceeding on an overseas voyage must obtain Survey and Certification (AMSA) from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), (Ph 1800 627 484 or
    02 6279 5000). Trading ships proceeding on an interstate voyage must also obtain this licence.
  • Persons intending to undertake any commercial or non-commercial activity in the Antarctic region should complete an Environmental Impact Assessment - Australian Antarctic Territory. For further information contact the Australian Department of Environment and Energy, Antarctic Division (Ph: 03 6232 3510).
  • Persons intending to undertake any activity within the Territory of Heard and McDonald Islands must obtain a Heard Island - Permit to Enter. For further information contact the Australian Department of Environment and Energy, Antarctic Division (Ph: 03 6232 3510).

Contact:
Licensing and Fisheries Monitoring Section
Marine Resources
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Ph: (03) 6165 3000 or 1300 368 550
Email: fisheries.licensing@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

 
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