You will require this registration if you intend to conduct private fishery activities, such as the stocking of freshwater fish in privately owned inland waters for commercial purposes. Registration exempts the fishery from certain regulations. For example, an angling licence is not required in a registered private fishery, and neither bag limits or closed seasons apply.
A number of Government authorities have a determining role in the development of commercial ventures.
Due to the extensive application process, please consult the Contact Officer for full details.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
While the Agency supports the development of aquaculture industry and private fisheries, development must be balanced with the interests of other stakeholders including other fisheries (native, recreational and commercial), the environment and the local community.
All private fisheries are bound by the following requirements:
- The development must not involve any public waters and must be entirely within privately owned property;
- Fees are charged by the Agency in lieu of licence fees;
- Owners are free to develop and regulate the fishery as they wish within certain limits as specified in each operating licence;
- Owners may chose which species of fish they want and can purchase them at commercial rates from registered farms. Brown trout may be purchased for private fisheries only from the Agency;
- Disease control provisions are the same as for fish farms; and
- All necessary planning, environmental, and water requirements also apply.
All licence applications will therefore be considered on their merit and in consultation with a number of government authorities.
Application procedures have been formulated to include the requirements of these authorities in determining the level of assessment required in the first instance.
In preparing an application, it is important that you consult with the relevant authorities:
- The Planning Officer from your local council should be consulted for advice on planning schemes, existing land use zoning and permitted land use activities, whether a permit is required, and whether the proposed development is, in principle, consistent with and in compliance with local council requirements;
- The Regional Water Manager in your area should be consulted for technical advice pertaining to water abstraction and associated Water Right requirements, flow data information, the siting and construction of dams and ponds, etc;
- The relevant Authority should be consulted to ensure the proposed method of effluent treatment discharged is within the required limits;
- The commercial fisheries section of the Agency should be contacted in relation to all aquaculture and fish farming, particularly regarding permissible culture species, source of stock etc. and application procedures. The Agency should also be contacted in relation to all private fishery queries, particularly permissible stocking species, source of stock etc. and application procedures.
Following consultation with relevant government authorities and appropriate consultants (business and financial planning; technical and professional advice), the applicant should then proceed with the submission of a licence application.
Issue of certificate of registration.
Application to Register a Private Fishery - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.
The application procedure requires you to complete and submit the following:
- An Application for Registration - Private Fishery form;
- Completed maps, plans, designs and supporting documentation; and
- Accurate and detailed supporting information by way of letters, permits and/or approvals. If there is insufficient space provide additional attachments where necessary.
Lodge your application, together with the prescribed fee, to the Agency.
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Inland Fisheries Service
Inland Fisheries Act 1995 (Tasmania)
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