​​​​What is FishPort?
FishPort is an online commercial licensing website developed by NRE Tas in close consultation with Seafood Industry Tasmania. You can access FishPort at

FishPort is just one of the initiatives of the Fisheries Digital Transition Project (FDTP). The FDTP will:

  • Develop catch and effort reporting tools for the commercial fishing industry;
  • Develop a digital reporting tool for the rock lobster fishery;
  • Review legislation to support digital solutions for Tasmania’s commercial wild fisheries; and
  • Develop tools to support licence-related applications online (FishPort).​

What can I do on FishPort?

My Profile: Make changes to your personal details in the FILMS (Fisheries Licensing and Management System) database.

Applications: See applications you have started, or applications started by others that require your input. To involve another industry member in a FishPort application, they need to register.

Apply for a licence: Stage 1 allows you to apply for a commercial fishing licence (personal).

My licences: See details of the licences and packages you are associated with as well as view year-to-date abalone commercial catch information by zone. Depending on your role, you can initiate licence-related applications.

Payments: See a summary of payments you have made

Who can use FishPort?

To use FishPort, you must be an existing client of the Commercial Fisheries Licensing Branch or be seeking to become a client. New clients can apply to register for FishPort.

Do fishers have to use FishPort?

No. Both paper-based and digital licensing processes are currently available.  Using FishPort will save you time and be more efficient than the current paper-based system.

Do I have to pay to use FishPort?

No. Using FishPort to do your licensing tasks won’t cost any more than it does now.  

What are the advantages of using FishPort?

FishPort will streamline licensing processes for industry by reducing the need for face-to-face interactions with Licensing staff, by providing real-time access to licensing data and pre-filling information as appropriate. It also has additional functionality for abalone quota holders to view year-to-date catch information.

Is my data secure?

Yes - all data is held by NRE Tas in accordance with applicable security and privacy requirements including the Personal Information Protection Act 2004

Why haven’t we moved to digital previously?

Transitioning to digital platforms represents a big change for the commercial fishing industry and NRE Tas. Legislation, systems and business processes have all had to be reviewed and updated to enable digital processing for Tasmania’s commercial fishing industry with NRE Tas.

Can I conduct all transactions online?

FishPort Stage 1 supports a range of licensing applications.  Additional functionality may be added at a future stage of the project.

Why can’t I renew a licence in FishPort after it has expired?

Under the Act a licence that has expired cannot be renewed - it is a re-granting process.  The functionality of the re-grant of a licence has not been included in Stage 1 of FishPort development.  Re-granting an expired licence may be built into further developments of FishPort.

In the meantime please apply for a re-grant of an expired licence using the existing paper process.


    Fishport Feedback

    Fisheries Compliance and Licensing Branch
    Level 1, 134 Macquarie Street
    GPO Box 44
    HOBART TAS 7001
    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


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    0427 655 557

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    Contact us

    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 1, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550