Fish Farm Licence - Tasmania


You will require this licence if you intend to establish a fish farm and conduct commercial aquaculture activities. For example, a licence is required for farming, culturing, hatching, rearing, ranching, enhancing or breeding aquatic organisms in inland waters such as tanks, ponds, dams, and raceways.

Species farmed may include:

  • salmonids
  • finfish
  • eels
  • goldfish
  • tropical fish.

To ensure adequate safeguards to Tasmania's freshwater environment, fish farming applications are subject to a rigorous assessment procedure.

If you intend to operate a finfish farming activity which:

  • has, or is intended to have the capacity to produce five tonnes or more of finfish annually
  • contains, or is intended to contain finfish with a biomass of two tonnes or more

then you will also require an Environmental Licence.

Due to the extensive application process, please consult the Contact Officer in the first instance.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • be able to demonstrate that there are no environmental or resource constraints associated with the granting of the licence
  • pay the prescribed fee
  • complete the appropriate application forms.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 20 years. Annual renewal fees apply.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Act(s) name

Inland Fisheries Act 1995 TAS

Application process


You will need to lodge a completed application form, along with a development proposal and environmental management plan. To support your application, you will need to provide other documentation such as letters, Council and other permits and approvals, plans, designs, maps, etc. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information on these requirements.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Inland Fisheries Service

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.


Inland Fisheries Service

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Operating address: 17 Back River Road
New Norfolk
Tasmania 7140
Mailing address: PO BOX 575
New Norfolk, Tasmania 7140
Phone: 03 6165 3808
Fax: 03 6173 0246