Permit Activities

​Developmental Fisheries Management Policy

The Developmental Fisheries Management Policy encourages the progression of developmental fisheries to allow a broader range of options for commercial fishers, particularly in the area of value-adding to low-value species.

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Why permits are issued

Pacific Oyster illustration by Peter GouldthorpePermits allow people to undertake various fishing activities that are otherwise prohibited under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995, according to certain terms and conditions.

Purposes for which permits can be issued include:
  • scientific research
  • the promotion of fishing or fish products
  • the development of fisheries
  • the development of fishing technology
  • educational and community awareness programs
  • fish stock depletion or enhancement
  • the collection, keeping, breeding, hatching or cultivating of rare or endangered fish
  • sport and recreational purposes by a person who, in the opinion of the Minister, would otherwise be unable by reason of that person's disability be able to engage in fishing by methods permitted under this Act
  • Aboriginal cultural and ceremonial activities
  • the development of marine farming
  • law enforcement
  • environmental monitoring, and
  • bioprospecting.

Any access given under a permit is not guaranteed.

Permits should not be used for the establishment of a business or a long-term fishing operation.

The permit holder should be cautious about making any investment into such an operation on the basis of access provided under a permit.

Who can apply

Any person can apply for a permit under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995. Typically they are issued to groups such as commercial fishers, scientific researchers, community groups, individuals, fish processors, marine farmers and educational institutions.

How to apply

Applicants should complete a permit application form and provide relevant information and justification of the proposed fishing activities. There are two types of form available. One that can be printed off and completed by hand and one where you can enter most of your information electronically, however, once you have entered the relevant information you will need to print off the form to sign it.


All forms must be signed before submitting to the Department either via post, or scanned and emailed or faxed to the (contact details below).

F1953 Permit Application Form (276 KB)

F1954 Permit Application E-Form (466 KB)

Applications relating to the Developmental Fisheries Management Policy will take take some time to be properly assessed and potentially progressed. These applications will need appropriate assessment, expert advice and consultation, including with peak fishing bodies as is required by the Act.

Applications made relating to the Developmental Fisheries Management Policy need to provide detailed information that will allow this process to be undertaken. Additional information may subsequently be sought from the applicant.

For applications for other purposes, allow up to 21 days for processing - no guarantee can be given that applications will be processed in this time. Some applications may take longer should consultation with fishing associations be necessary or expert scientific advice required.

Many factors are considered when assessing applications for permits, including resource sustainability, environmental interactions, legislative requirements and costs and benefits to all extractive and non-extractive users of Tasmania's marine resources.


Fees apply for the issue of some permits. These must be paid to the Department before the permit will be issued. The fee will be determined by estimation of costs associated with administration, research, monitoring and compliance activities required.


Where the Minister grants an application for a permit, the permit holder is authorised to undertake certain activities not usually allowed under the Act in accordance with specified conditions. The conditions vary for each permit but often include restrictions on species types and quantities, fishing area and gear used. They may also include minimum licence criteria, research and reporting requirements.

Duration of Permit

Permits can be issued for a period of up to 12 months. The expiry date is written on the permit and the Department does not notify permit holders when permits expire. You will need to apply for a new permit if you wish to continue fishing beyond the date of expiry.


Generally, the permit holder is required to provide a report on fishing activities conducted at the end of the permit period. This information assists the Department to make decisions about fisheries management and to meet its responsibilities under the Act. Some permits also require prior reporting of fishing activities to Tasmania Police. Consideration of future permit applications may be affected if reporting procedures are not met.

Consultative Process for Permits

Under the Act, the Minister is required to consult with relevant fishing bodies prior to issuing certain permits. Applicants should be aware that whilst Departmental confidentiality guidelines apply, fishing associations, community groups, Government agencies and scientific advisers may be consulted where appropriate.


Fisheries Permits
Grant Pullen
1 Franklin Wharf
Phone: 03 6165 3032

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