​​​Police inspect southern rock lobsterThe Wild Fisheries Management Branch of DPIPWE manages fisheries in State marine waters and the Inland Fisheries Service has jurisdiction over freshwater fishing. 

Links to the relevant fisheries legislation and guidelines for commercial and recreational fishers are below:


Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 (primary legislation for management of the State's sea fisheries)

Fishing (Licence Ownership and Interest) Registration Act 2001 (Licence Ownership & Interest)

Rules and Management Plans

Fisheries Rules 2009

Fisheries (Abalone) Rules 2017*

Fisheries (Commercial Dive) Rules 2011*

Fisheries (Mackerel) Rules 201​9

Fisheries (Rock Lobster) Rules 2011*

Fisheries (Giant Crab) Rules 2013*

Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015*

Fisheries (Scallop) Rules 2010*

Fisheries (Scallop) Rules 2020* (rules come into effect on 1 January 2021)

Fisheries (Processing and Handling) Rules 2010

Fisheries (Shellfish) Rules 2017*

Fisheries (Marine Plant) Rules 2017​*

* denotes that these fisheries are managed under a management plan


Fisheries (General and Fees) Regulations 2016

Fisheries (Penalty) Regulations 2011

Fishing Registration (Fees) Regulations 2012 (Licence Ownership and Interest)

Research Area Orders

Elephant Rock Fisheries (Research Area) Order 2009

North Bay Fisheries (Research Area) Order 2009

Fisheries (Research Area) Order (No.1) 2009

Fisheries (Research Area) Order (No.5) 2008

Taroona Waters Fisheries (Research Area) Order 2008

Fisheries (Research Area) Order 1996

Fisheries Licensing and Ministerial Guidelines

These are administrative policy guidelines approved by the Minister under section 75 of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995.

  Scallop Ranching in Tasmanian Waters   (64Kb)

  Abalone Marine Farming and Processing Licences   (54Kb)

  Requirement to have a Marine Farming Licence when feeding fish held under the authority of a Fish Processing Licence   (58Kb)

  Removal of a Supervisor from a Licence   (122Kb)

  Fishing Licence (Vessel), Abalone Only   (604Kb)

  Fishing Vessel Distinguishing Marks   (63Kb)

  Renewal of Fishing Licences   (11Kb)

  Conditions Applying to Fishing Licences (Abalone Quota), commonly referred to as "Furneaux Licences"   (38Kb)

  Guidelines For Assessment of Applications for Fishing Licences for Mussel Spat and Scallop Spat Collection   (13Kb)

  Licence Transfers   (258Kb)

  Licence Leasing and Transferrability   (80Kb)

  Marine Farming - Abalone Ranching   (91Kb)

  Provision of Licensing Information Requests   (71Kb)

  Licence Transfer Procedures under S.90 Licence Suspension/Cancellation Provisions   (83Kb)

  Application to Transfer a Licence While Under Investigation   (86Kb)

  Endorsement of Fishing Licence (rock lobster) and Fishing Licence (giant crab) with a condition that authorises the unloading in Victoria of rock lobster and giant crab taken under the authority of these licences   (116Kb)

  Grant of a Fishing Licence (Abalone Dive)   (894Kb)

  Restriction on the Number of Marine Plant Licences   (271Kb)

  Industry levy   (238Kb)

  In-Sea Abalone Marine Farming Ministerial Guideline 2010   (1Mb)

Public Notices

Public notices are used for purposes such as opening and closing seasons, setting total allowable catches and emergency fishery closures.  They are also published in major newspapers in Tasmania. 

To see current DPIPWE fishery public notices go to the Tasmanian Government Public Notices website.

See also:

Fishery Reviews

Fisheries Management Strategies

Fish​ery Advisory Committees


Wild Fisheries Management Branch
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fishing.enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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