Marine Farming Lease - Tasmania


You will need to hold a marine farm lease If you intend to operate a marine farm in State waters. Leases may be granted within marine farming zones described in Marine Farming Development Plans.

State waters include:

  • any waters within the territorial sea of Australia
  • any marine or tidal waters adjacent to Tasmania (except inland waters)
  • any land which is swept by State waters to the highest landward extent
  • waters that relate to a marine farming lease.

Generally, leases may be allocated through a tender process at the time that a new Marine Farming Development Plan is established or can be purchased from an existing lease holder.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Marine farming operations can only take place in marine farming lease areas or authorised land-based facilities.

All marine farming operations must be licensed. All non-finfish farming licences include environmental conditions to ensure that marine farming operations are sustainable and do not have an unacceptable impact on the marine environment.

Due to the extensive nature of this licence, please contact the agency for more information.


Up to 30 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fee information is on the attached forms.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Commercial Fishing Application Fees - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 Tasmania

Approval time

Approval time is 60 business days except for the establishment of an emergency marine farming lease or exemption from a marine farming lease emergency plan - in which case the approval time is as soon as possible.

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.