A licence holder must personally set and retrieve any scalefish fishing gear. Another person may assist them if needed, for example, to haul the net.
Rod and Line
In Tasmania, you don't need a licence for rod and line fishing in marine waters. Anyone can fish with the following types of line fishing gear in marine waters:
rod and line; and
You can use any number of lines with up to five hooks, so long as you are within 20 metres of the gear, or the lines are attached to the boat from which you are fishing.
Electric reels can be used with no more than 5 hooks. You must remain within 20 metres of your gear.
Auxiliary Fishing Gear
Auxiliary fishing gear such as kites and balloons can be used to deploy or retrieve not more than 200 metres of fishing line with 5 hooks or less. This gear is not permitted in rivers or shark refuge areas. To reduce the risk of interactions with other water users or losing gear near them, you can not use auxiliary gear within 100 metres of swimmers or any vessel or within 400 metres of a boat ramp, jetty or mooring.
Auxiliary fishing gear can be used on a boat. If using
auxiliary fishing gear from land you must remain within 20 metres of the gear and not use it more than 20 metres from the high water mark. Auxiliary gear does not include electric reels, capstans or haulers used for set lines.
A set line is an unattended line, either a dropline
(see larger dropline image) or a longline
(see larger longline image), with up to 15 hooks. A licence is required to use this gear and area restrictions apply. The licence holder must be present when the line is set and retrieved.
dropline is set vertically with one end weighted and a marker buoy attached to the other. When droplines are joined together, each fisher must have a separate marker buoy attached.
longline is set horizontally, weighted at both ends and with a buoy attached at each end. When longlines are joined together, each fisher must have a separate marker buoy on each end of the line.
A person may only use one set line at a time.
In waters shallower than 150 metres, set lines can be joined to one other line on a boat provided no person uses more than 15 hooks and not more than a total of 30 hooks are used.
In waters deeper than 150 metres, set lines can be joined to up to three other lines on a boat, provided no person uses more than 15 hooks or more than a total of 60 hooks are used on the combined line.
Not more than 4 set lines are permitted on a boat.
Set lines cannot be set at night. Night is defined as from one hour before sunset ot one hour before sunrise.
Set Line Buoys
Set line marker buoys must be:
- marked with your licence number and either the letters 'LL' for longline or 'DL' for dropline;
- at least 195mm in diameter; and
- specifically designed as a buoy and float on the surface of the water.
Set lines cannot be used in some
shark refuge areas;
- no netting areas; and
- no fishing areas e.g marine reserves and some research areas.
A squid jig is a baited or artificial lure with one or more sets of pointed hooks or spikes used to take squid. You can use up to three squid jigs per line.
Gaffs (Gaff Hook)
You can use gaffs to take scalefish, other than bream and boarfish, but not rock lobster or abalone.
Spear Guns and Hand Spears
Hand spears and spear guns can be used to take any scalefish except bream and boarfish. Taking rock lobster or abalone with this gear is prohibited. Spears cannot be used in the Mersey, Leven or Inglis rivers, other than to spear flounder.
Rock Lobster Fishing Gear
Rock Lobster Gear and How to Mark it
One bait trap per person can be used. The trap must comply with the following dimensions:
- no larger than 500 mm x 350 mm x 250 mm
- not have more than two entrances not larger than 65 mm
- mesh between 10 mm and 40 mm.
Unattended bait traps must have a buoy or tag attached marked with "BT" and the user's surname, initials, year of birth and postcode.
A hand-operated bait pump with a barrel of less than 85 mm may be used.
A landing net is a hand-held net attached to a frame no larger than 600 mm across. The mesh can be any size and a landing net may be used to catch bait.
A dip net
(see larger dip net image) is a hand held net attached to a frame no larger than 1 metre across with a mesh greater than 20 mm.
Hauling and Cast Nets
You can used one bait net. A bait net is an encircling net:
- no longer than 6 m;
- no deeper than 2 m; and
- with mesh no more than 20 mm.
Beach Seine Net
A beach seine net licence allows you to possess and use one beach seine net
(see larger image)
A beach seine net must:
be an encircling net that does not exceed 50 m in length;
- have a bag or bunt or a panel that forms a bunt with a mesh of at least 30 mm;
not be pursed or drawn through rings into the shape of a bag; and
- be emptied while in the water.
You can use one cast net
(see larger cast net image)
. The net must be:
- circular or oval net with a leaded footline around the outside; and
- not exceed 6 m in diameter.
Graball nets and mullet nets, including flounder nets, are types of gillnet
No more than three gillnets may be carried on, or used from a single boat.
A gillnet cannot be used as an encircling net, eg. as a beach seine net.
Graball NetOne graball net (includes flounder nets) may be used and a licence is required. A graball net is a single mesh net:
- mesh must be between 105 mm and 140 mm; and
- must not be deeper than 33 meshes or longer than 50 metres.
Mullet NetOne mullet net may be used and a licence is required. A mullet net:
- is a single mesh net;
- mesh must be between 60 mm and 70 mm;
- must not be longer than 25 metres; and
- must not be set over rocky bottom or reef.
Gillnet BuoysGillnets, including mullet, graball and flounder nets (a type of graball net) must be marked with two white buoys, one at each end of the net, both that:
Additional buoys may be used for visibility.
- are marked only with the licence number and 'G' for graball or 'M' for mullet net in figures not less than 70 mm high and 12 mm wide;
- are at least 195 mm in diameter; and
- are specifically designed as a buoy and float on the surface of the water.
- Gillnets cannot be set at night, other than graball nets set in Macquarie Harbour. Night is defined as between one hour before sunset to sunrise.
- Gillnets may be set for up to 6 hours, except in
Shark Refuge Areas where they may only be set for up to 2 hours.
Weighting Your Net
All gillnets must be weighted in one of the following ways in order to prevent drift:
- a weight of at least 2 kilograms tied to the bottom line at each end of the net; or
- a weight of at least 4 kilograms tied to the bottom line at one end of the net; or
- the net has a minimum weight, when dry, of at least 13 kilograms for a 50 metre net.
- Night nets may be set in Macquarie Harbour from one hour before sunset and must be removed from the water by one hour after sunrise. A red buoy not less than 90mm in diameter must be attached to each end of all night nets in addition to 2 white buoys.
- Day nets may be set from sunrise and must be removed from the water by one hour before sunset. They may be set for up to 6 hours and no red buoy can be attached.
How to Measure Net Mesh
Stretch mesh until upper and lower knots touch
Measure mesh at full stretch
Lost, Stolen and Irretrievable Gear
If you leave your net in the water for longer than allowed due to bad weather conditions, illness or theft, contact the Marine Police on 0427 655 557 or your nearest Police Station and provide them with your licence number.