Fisheries Digital Transition Project


The long-term vision of the Fisheries Digital Transition Project (FDTP) is to transition commercial fisheries into the digital age.

This strategic project aims to deliver modern digital platforms for commercial fishers and fish processors to enable faster and simpler interactions with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE Tas), in accordance with the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 (LMRMA) and associated fishery regulations.

This website is aimed at informing the Tasmanian commercial fishing industry about the project. ​

Trial of mobile application for Digital Reporting

Work on the Fisheries Digital Transition Project continues, and the team are trialling a new Digital Reporting Service (DRS) mobile application for Rock Lobster and Giant Crab. 

The app has been developed to provide an alternative to the current telephone reporting service. Fishers participating in the trial will still need to complete all their usual telephone reports alongside reporting for the mobile app, so it will not replace usual reporting obligations. The app that’s being trialled is anticipated to save significant time, with digital reports able to be completed in less than 50 per cent of the time of the same telephone reporting service. 

Any Rock Lobster or Giant Crab fishers interested in being part of the trial or would like more information about the app being trialled, please use the contact below. ​

Project Timeframes

The Project commenced in 2018 and the current stage is scheduled to be completed in June 2023.

The FDTP commenced in 2018 as a response to a Tasmanian Government electoral promise (“Taking Seafood to the Next Level"). $5M was allocated over 4 years from 2018 to 2022. However, legislative changes needed to take place to provide for digital transactions. The changes resulted in the passing of the Living Marine Miscellaneous Amendments (Digital Processes) Bill 2021. Upon enactment, the Bill will amend the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995. ​

The legislative process took close to three years to push through. Many industries and projects were impacted by COVID-19 and NRE Tas is no exception. The unprecedented disruption saw the Department allocate resources to critical support for the fishing industry. Therefore, the project was granted a 1-year extension to June 2023. The FDTP is now resourced, re-focused, and planning on delivering some digital solutions within this timeframe. ​

Project scope​

At a high level, in 2022/23 the FDTP will:

  • Develop catch and effort reporting tools for the commercial fishing industry with a focus on the abalone fishery;
  • Develop a digital reporting tool for the rock lobster fishery;
  • Proclaim the Living Marine Miscellaneous Amendments (Digital Processes) Bill 2021 to support digital solutions for Tasmania's commercial wild fisheries, and
  • Develop tools to support certain licence-related applications online.

 Key stakeholders

Internal, NRE Tas

  • The Project Sponsor is the Deputy Secretary, Primary Industries and Water.

  • The Business Owner is the General Manager, Marine Resources.

Marine Resources

  • Compliance & Licensing Branch

  • Wild Fisheries Management Branch

  • Partnerships & Project Branch

  • Aquaculture Branch


  • Tasmania Police, Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management

  • Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC) and other relevant fishing industry bodies

  • Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studi​es (IMAS)

  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Department of Justice

  • Office of Parliamentary Counsel (OPC), Department of Premier and Cabinet​


    Fisheries Digital Transition Project
    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Phone: 03 6165 3042
    Email: fdtp@nre​.​​​


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    Recreational Fishing

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    Hobart TAS 7000

    Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


    Commercial Fisheries

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


    Commercial Fisheries Licensing

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550