COVID-19 Marine Farming Assistance

​​The Government is taking action to support the shellfish industry and recognises that the state’s growers and farmers are struggling with the impacts of COVID-19.

The assistance package for the shellfish industry totals nearly $1.2 million including:

  •  $427,000 for licence and rental fees relief for shellfish farming for 12 months (2020/21 licensing period), and
  •  $770,000 for Shellfish Market Access Program (ShellMAP) fee relief.

The fee relief is designed to help shellfish farmers to focus on getting through this difficult period.

Who is eligible?

Licensed shellfish marine farmers.

When will the initiative be available?

This initiative will apply to all lease rental fees due for licensed shellfish farmers from 1 April 2020 for a period of 12 months and to shellfish licences for the 2020/21 licence period.

How do I apply?

Renewals of shellfish marine farming licences are due at the end of April and fee relief for licenced species and the ShellMAP levy will be automatic.
An application form to waive lease rental fees will accompany licence renewal notices.

Where will information be provided?

All licence holders will receive renewal documentation identifying the waived fees, together with lease rental fee waiver application forms.

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: or call 1300 88 FARM (1300 88 3276).

Stay Afloat

The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council and RAW Tas have commenced 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
Water and Marine Resources Division
Lands Building
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000, 1300 368 550

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