Recreational Sea Fishing Licences for 2013-2014
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You do not need a licence for salt water or marine fishing with a rod and line in Tasmania but an Inland Fisheries Licence is required for any fishing in inland waters, which includes some river mouths and estuaries.
A recreational sea fishing licence (licence type) is required for any of the following types of fishing:
The licensing year begins on 1 November. Licences are valid from the date of issue to 31 October. Separate seasons apply for rock lobster and scallop fishing. The licence holder must personally set and retrieve any fishing gear that requires a sea fishing licence.
- rock lobster dive (fisher must be over 10 years old)
- rock lobster pot (fisher must be over 10 years old)
- rock lobster ring (fisher must be over 10 years old)
- graball net
- mullet net
- beach seine net
- set line
You can collect your free abalone or rock lobster measuring gauge or scalefish measuring ruler at any Service Tasmania Shop.
You can buy all or a combination of different types of recreational sea fishing licences in one transaction.
In the 2013-14 licensing year (from 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014) the following costs will apply:
|Standard Licence: |
|The first licence will cost $51.10 (application fee of $43.80 plus $7.30 for first licence). Each additional licence type will cost $7.30.|
|Concession Licence: (Commonwealth Pension card holders, Government-issued Seniors Card holders and persons under 16 years). Health Care Card holders are not eligible for concession.||The first licence will cost $29.20 (application fee of $21.90 plus $7.30 for first licence). Each additional licence type will cost $7.30.|
|Additional Licence:||If you want to add another licence to your package at a later date, you will be charged a $7.30 administration fee in addition to the cost of the new licence type. |
|Replacement Licence:||If you lose your licence card, a replacement card will cost $7.30.|
|Special Rock Lobster Licence:||$43.80 (increased possession limit for 14 days). Must be a holder of a recreational rock lobster licence. Western Region only.|
|Licence Refund:||You are entitled to apply for a refund of your licence fee. To do this you must apply in writing, stating the reason that you believe you are entitled to a refund, to the Manager, Recreational Fishing, Wild Fisheries Management Branch, GPO Box 44, Hobart TAS, 7001. Your application will then be assessed. Copies of the receipt and the Concession Card (if applicable) are required. There is no guarantee that your application will be approved.|
Note: Recreational Sea Fishing Licences are GST exempt. Proceeds from licence fees go to Fishwise Fund which funds activities that improve education and the management of recreational fisheries.
Licences for the 2013-14 fishing year (from 1 Nov 2013 - 31 Oct 2014) are on sale from Monday 14 October 2013. Any licences purchased before this date will be for the previous licensing year and expire on 31 October 2013. New licenses purchased after 14 October will be valid from the date of purchase until 31 October 2014.
Make sure you renew your licence rather than varying your existing year’s licence by selecting the option "Renew or Grant Licence". When you renew your licence you can select the licence types you want for the new licensing year. The new licence types will be valid from 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014.
If you select the option "Add Additional Licence" before the 31 October 2013, the additional licence type will be added to the current year's licence and will expire on 31 October 2013. To add a new licence type for the 2013/14 licence year, please select the option "Renew or Grant Licence" and then select the licence types from the list provided when prompted.
Before proceeding with your licence application you should be aware that:
- You cannot legally fish in a licensed fishery or using licensed gear types until you have received your licence number. Your licence number will be displayed when you complete the online transaction.
- Persons under 10 years of age are ineligible to hold a rock lobster licence of any type.
- It will take up to 21 days for the licence card to arrive but the licence can be used in the interim if you carry your temporary certificate or receipt number.
- The online transaction system accepts payments via MasterCard or VISA.
- If you are applying for a licence at the concession rate you need to have the details to hand to complete the application process.
If you have read and understood the above information, you can buy your recreational sea fishing licence online. >>>>>
Licences are also available by visiting Service Tasmania shops in person (visit the Service Tasmania website for shop locations).
When you buy a licence, you will receive a temporary licence certificate or receipt number. A plastic licence card listing the licence types that you have been issued with and the valid dates will then be mailed to the address provided within 21 days. In the interim, the licence can be used, but you must carry your temporary certificate or receipt number.
If you do not receive your licence card after this time, please contact the recreational sea fishing information line on (03) 6233 7042 or 1300 720 647.
If you lose your licence card, you can order a replacement at Service Tasmania or online at a cost of $7.30.
Under the licensing system you will be issued with a unique licence number that you will be able to renew in future years. This will allow you to have the same marks on buoys and equipment from year to year.
If you have held a Tasmanian recreational sea fishing licence in the past, then your old number will normally be available (there may be exceptions where the old system has produced duplication). This will allow you to maintain the marks on your gear.
New licence holders will be issued with a unique licence number comprising of two letters followed by four numbers.
You must put your licence number on the buoys for a rock lobster pot (and unattended rings), graball net, mullet net and set line.
The licence number must be clear and in figures at least 70 mm high and 12 mm wide. Buoys must be at least 195 mm in diameter, spherical in shape and specifically designed as a buoy.
In addition to your licence number, you must also identify the gear type by marking your buoy with a letter (G for graball net, M for mullet net, P for pot, LL for longline and DL for dropline).
If you are a new licence holder, then this mark must be at the end of your licence number. If you are using a licence number from the previous licensing system it is preferred that this mark is placed after your existing licence number subject to space being available.
Aborigines engaged in aboriginal fishing activities should visit the Aboriginal Fishing page to read about the process for marking their gear with a unique identifying code.
- A recreational fisher who holds a rock lobster licence (either rock lobster dive, ring or pot) may apply for one 14 day special rock lobster licence per season where their possession limit in the Western Region and on mainland Tasmania is 15 rock lobster instead of 10. The daily bag limit of 5 rock lobster still applies. During this 14 day period, special rock lobster licence holders are not allowed to fish for rock lobster in the Eastern Region.
- A recreational scallop licence is needed to take scallops. Seasons, area restrictions, size limits, bag limits and possession limits apply. Details can be found on the scallop section of this website.
- Aborigines engaged in aboriginal fishing activities are exempted from holding a fishing licence but must comply with all other fisheries rules as if they were licensed. If using pots, set lines, gillnets or unattended rings, Aborigines must obtain a unique identifying code and display it on their gear. Go to the Aboriginal Fishing page to apply to obtain a unique identifying code.
Personal information will be collected from you for the purposes of maintaining a register of persons holding authorisations and fishing certificates pursuant to the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and will be used by DPIPWE for purposes permitted by this Act. Failure to provide this information may result in the inability to process your application or provide the service requested.
Your basic personal information may be disclosed to other public sector bodies where necessary or if required by law. Personal information will be managed in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004 and may be accessed by the individual to whom it relates on request to the Department. You may be charged a fee for this service.
See the following pages for more information on recreational fishing rules:
Bag and Possession Limits
Contact: Recreational Fishing EnquiriesRecreational Fisheries Section
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6233 7042 or 1300 720 647