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Fishing Licence (Scalefish) - Tasmania


You will need this licence if you intend to fish for scalefish in Tasmanian waters. A scalefish licence will permit you to carry certain limited amounts of fishing equipment on a fishing vessel. There are three categories of licence:

  • Scalefish A: Permits you to carry up to 1000 metres of graball net; 200 hooks; and 2 traps
  • Scalefish B: Permits you to carry up to 500 metres of graball net; 200 hooks; and 2 traps
  • Scalefish C: Permits you to carry up to 150 metres of graball net; or 200 hooks; or 1 trap.

Scalefish C licences are non-transferable and some Scalefish A and B licences may also be endorsed as non-transferable. If you intend to obtain a Scalefish A or B licence, you must purchase a licence package from a current licence holder. A licence package will also be comprised of a fishing licence (vessel) with the vessel length category appropriate for your fishing vessel.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

The fisher will need to hold a fishing licence (personal) which allows a person to commercially take and sell fish.

This fishing licence is subject to the rules of the applicable management plan, rules for recreational and commercial fishing and any other specified conditions, please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


1st of March until the end of February in the following year.


Last day of February


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Scalefish Fishery Rules Review - Rule Changes Summary - PDF (Opens in new window)
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Commercial Fishing Application Fees - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries (General and Fees) Regulations 2016 Tasmania

Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015 Tasmania

Lodgement process


The Agency is able to provide the necessary forms and advice on which licences should be included in a licence package for the activities you intend to undertake.

Approval time

10 business days

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Environment

Water and Marine Resources

Contact details

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