COVID-19 Marine Farming Assistance

​During the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government provided an assistance package for the shellfish industry totalling nearly $1.2 million. The fee relief was designed to help shellfish farmers focus on getting through that difficult period. That fee relief package concluded at the end of March 2021. 

Annual lease fees are now payable from 1 April 2021 and marine farming licence fees are due at the time of renewal, 30 April 2021.

In 2021, the Department will again be providing the option for shellfish farmers to apply for an extension and payment plan for the ShellMAP levy. 

In addition, where marine farming licence holders can demonstrate significant financial hardship, please contact the Marine Farming Branch for advice on the application and assessment process for seeking fee relief or see our information for ​Customers Facing Financial Hardship

​Rural fi​​nancial counselling

Rural Business Tasmania ​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: or call 1300 88 FARM (1300 88 3276).

Stay Af​​loat

The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council and RAW Tas have a project to address:

  1. dedicated on the ground support for seafood operators, delivered through the RAW Outreach Program; and
  2. 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:


Marine Farming Branch
Marine Resources Division
Lands Building
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000, 1300 368 550

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