Marine Plant Catch Reporting

​​​​New Marine Plant Commercial Fishing Docket Book

Licence holders and supervisors with a Fishing Licence (Marine Plant), Fishing Licence (Introduced Marine Plant), Fishing Licence (King Island Kelp), and/or Fishing Licence (Undaria) entitlement have been sent the new Marine Plant Commercial Fishing Docket Book.

This new book has replaced:
  • the previous Marine Plant Commercial Fishing Docket Book – F2861​

When to start using the new books

  • From 1 March 2022 onwards.​

What to do with the old books

  • remove all unused pink and white sheets from your Marine Plant Commercial Fishing Docket Book and post these to NRE Tas in the reply-paid envelope provided
  • keep all used white sheets from your Marine Plant Commercial Fishing Docket Book – these are your copies and must be retained by you.​

Marine Plant Commercial Fishing Docket Book Changes

Several significant updates have been made to the Marine Plant Commercial Fishing Docket Book, and I would ask that you read the new instructions very carefully to understand your obligations. Examples of completed sheets have been included in the new docket book to assist you. As a brief overview, the critical updates that I would draw your attention to are: 

  • The map and fishery part codes have been updated and realigned. This is to match the descriptions in the Fisheries (Marine Plant) Rules 2017
  • There is a space provided for reporting the receiver of your harvest. This will enable the Department to better understand the fisheries markets. 
  • There is a space provided for reporting Protected Species Interactions. If you interact with a threatened, endangered, or protected species, then completion of this field is mandatory. This is the key change to maintaining the fisheries export approval with the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water, and Environment (DAWE). 

has been developed by the Department, in association with BirdLife Tasmania, to assist you in reporting any interactions with threatened, endangered, or protected species. A copy may be downloaded from the Department’s Marine Plant Fishery webpage at any time.

Instructions and examples

Download instructions and examples for the new Marine Plant Commercial Fishing Docket Book:

Frequently asked questions

Why do I need to record more information now? 
The Tasmanian Marine Plant fishery needs to meet standards set by DAWE to maintain export approval for kelp and undaria. The Marine Plant Commercial Fishing Docket Book has been updated to meet these standards and collect data relating to interactions with threatened, endangered and protected species, and the percentage of beach-cast kelp that is harvested from each specific area.

Do I need to complete a nil return if I haven’t harvested any marine plant?
Yes – you must complete a docket sheet for every month of the year, even if you have not harvested marine plant.

I have more than one marine plant licence type, do I need a separate Marine Plant Commercial Fishing Docket Book for each licence?
No, you do not need multiple books. Within your one docket book, you must complete a new docket sheet per licence type, and per month. You will specify the licence type each record relates to in the space provided at the top of the docket sheet.​​