2021/22 Fisheries Assistance

​​​​​The Tasmanian Government continues to offer a range of significant support and fee relief to the commercial fishing industry in response to pressures arising from COVID-19. 

Seafood Processor Grants Program

Ten successful Tasmanian seafood processing businesses have been awarded grants worth over $740,000 in total.

With the support of these grants local Tasmanian seafood processors will be able to realign business operations to meet future processing needs, and in doing so support the wider Tasmanian fishing sector.

​For more information about the program and successful applicants, please visit the Seafood Processor Grants Program page. 

Commercial Licence Fee Relief

The 2021 Fisheries Assistance package offers targeted fee relief measures for commercial quota owners and fishers, including: 

  • ​waiver of the 2021 biotoxin levy for rock lobster fishers
  • waiver of the 2021 translocation levy for rock lobster fishers
  • waiver of rock lobster tags fees payable by fishers and processors, and 
  • waiver of the 2021/22 Fishing Vessel licence renewal fee for all sectors. 
The listed waived fees will not be charged for licence holders who have yet to submit their renewal application for the 2021/22 season. Please contact the Licensing Section before submitting your application to confirm the total amount payable.

For licences that have already been renewed and paid in full and you received a refund in 2020, the funds will be automatically refunded to the account you previously nominated.

If your nominated account for refunds has changed since 2020 or you have not previously received a refund, please complete the Creditor Information Form below and return using the email or postal address listed on the form.​

  Creditor Information Form Commercial Fisheries 2021   (1Mb)

Queries can be directed to the Fisheries Compliance and Licensing Branch:

​Fisherie​​s Compliance and Licensing Branch

Level 1, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

​Rural financial counselling

Rural Business Tasmania also runs a Rural Financial Counselling Service that provides free, confidential and independent counsel to farmers and producers suffering financial hardship.

For information about Rural Financial Counselling, go to: www.ruralbusinesstasmania.org.au or call 1300 88 FARM (1300 88 3276).

Stay Afl​​​oat

The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council and RAW Tas have commenced a project to address:

  1. dedicated on the ground support for seafood operators, delivered through the RAW Outreach Program; and
  2. relevant educational resources to encourage fishers to look out for other fishers, and mates to look out for their mates and to seek further support if needed.

Further details are available from: www.tsic.org.au/stayafloat.html


Fisheries Compliance and Licensing Branch
Level 1, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fisheries.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au