Danish Seine Fishery


The Danish seine fishery is a​ small component of the Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery. Once managed under the umbrella of the Tasmanian Inshore Trawl Fishery along with demersal board trawling, now only Danish seines are permitted to be used following the prohibition on demersal board trawling in State waters in 2001. 

Danish seine vessels have been operating in Tasmania since the mid 1930s and the method used today is largely unchanged from the original. Two species of fish are targeted, tiger flathead (Neoplatycephalus richardsoni) and southern school whiting​​ (Sillago flindersi).

Most fishing effort is concentrated in the south and south-east of the State, with small amounts of fishing in the north-east and north-west. 

Tiger flathead taken by Danish seining

Tiger flathead is one of the main species taken in the Danish seine fishery.

Managing the fishery

The Tasmania Danish seine fishery is managed under the provisions of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and the Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015.

The fishery consists of eight licences, two limited Danish seine and six Danish seine, with only two of these operating in the last five years. All licences are non-transferable, so cannot be sold or handed down to family members. A licence can only be operated by individuals that were historically nominated on the licence.

There are also significant area restrictions in place for the fishery. Details about the operation areas can be found on the Areas of the Danish Seine Fishery​ page. 

Information relating to the Danish Seine Fishery can be found in the scalefish operational guide. 

2023 Operational guide ​for the commercial Scalefish Fishery

How Danish seine works 

Danish seine vessels in Tasmania typically operate close shore (although outside of the one nautical mile limit) on flat sandy bottom. Water depths fished are approximately between 10 to 90 metres.

Danish seine illustration

Danish seine fishing operation

Danish seine fishing gear is light and does not plough the​ sea floor, but rather skips over the substrate, herding the fish into the net. Due to the light nature of the fishing gear, reefs are avoided by the operators. In general catch sizes are small, so there is minimal damage to the catch. The fish can be iced down quickly and the landed product is of a high quality. There is generally little bycatch associated with this type of fishing.

 A Tasmanian Danish Seine Operation

Closure notices

 Notice of Commercial Scalefish Fishery Closure for School Whiting

More information 

Scalefish Fishery Assessment 2020-21

2017-18 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Tasmania

2020 Status of Australian Fish Stocks (SAFS) ​Report - Eastern School Whiting 

2020 Status of Australian Fish Stocks (SAFS) Report - Tiger Flathead


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