2021 Fisheries Assistance
Further support and fee relief is available for the next twelve months for the commercial fishing industry as part of the Government's COVID-19 response.
The 2021 Fisheries Assistance package offers targeted fee relief measures for quota owners and fishers, including:
- waiver of the 2021 biotoxin levy for rock lobster fishers
- waiver of the 2021 translocation levy for rock lobster fishers
- waiver of rock lobster tags fees payable by fishers and processors, and
- waiver of the 2021/22 Fishing Vessel licence renewal fee for all sectors.
How does it work?
Many of the levies and renewal fees have already been paid. Refunds will be made as soon as possible.
For licence holders who have yet to submit their renewal application for the 2021/22 season, the listed waived fees will not be charged. Please contact the Licensing Section prior to submitting your application to confirm the total amount payable.
For licences that have already been renewed and paid in full and you received a refund in 2020, the funds will be automatically refunded to the account you previously nominated.
If your nominated account for refunds has changed since 2020 or you have not previously received a refund, please complete the Creditor Information Form below and return using the email or postal address listed on the form.
Creditor Information Form Commercial Fisheries 2021 (1Mb)
The refund process may take several weeks to complete, thank you in advance for your patience.
Queries can be directed to the Fisheries Compliance and Licensing Branch:
Fisheries Compliance and Licensing Branch
Level 1, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Rural financial counselling
Rural Business Tasmania also runs a Rural Financial Counselling Service that provides free, confidential and independent counsel to farmers and producers suffering financial hardship.
For information about Rural Financial Counselling, go to:
www.ruralbusinesstasmania.org.au or call 1300 88 FARM (1300 88 3276).
The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council and RAW Tas have commenced a project to address:
- dedicated on the ground support for seafood operators, delivered through the RAW Outreach Program; and
- relevant educational resources to encourage fishers to look out for other fishers, and mates to look out for their mates and to seek further support if needed.
Further details are available from: