Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use Tas eFish?

Tas eFish is available for all commercial rock lobster and giant crab fishers to report their fishing activity. Work is also underway to extend the app to commercial abalone fishers.

How do I download Tas eFish?

Tas eFish is available for all commercial rock lobster and giant crab fishers to download on the App Store and Google Play.

I’m a rock lobster/giant crab fisher - how do I register?

The FDTP team is actively reaching out to fishers directly for registration. However, if you prefer to initiate the process yourself or need assistance, contact us at 0499 845 657 or via email at fdtp@nre.tas.gov.au. Our team is here to help and will ensure you receive your login credentials promptly once your registration is complete.

How do I make a report?

Open the app and then:

  1.     Click on the "activity report" option.
  2.     Browse through the list and click on the report that is relevant to your activity.
  3.     Answer the prompted questions and click "next."
  4.     Review and confirm your answers, then click "submit."
  5.     Upon successful submission, a green tick and receipt number will appear on your screen.


You must keep the app open until you receive your receipt number. Your report data will be lost if you close the app before the receipt number appears.

How do I switch between different fishing licences?

Switching between different fishing licences is easy. Under Activity Report, select your vessel and the appropriate entitlement number.

What if I don’t have phone reception?

In case of no phone reception, a warning message will appear, allowing you to resubmit the report once reception is available. Ensure the information is correct before resubmitting.

What if the app isn’t working?

If the app isn't working, use the alternative reporting service by telephoning 1800 067 470.

How do I cancel a report?

To cancel a report within the allowed timeframe, find it in Reporting History and click the Cancel button.

Is the app mandatory? Can I still use telephone reporting?

Using the app is not mandatory but completing a report (whether via telephone or the app) remains compulsory. Telephone reporting is still available.

Can I switch between using the app and phone reporting?

Yes, you can switch between using the app and telephone reporting.

Note that you will not have a complete history of your reports within the app if you use telephone reporting.

What’s the difference between Tas eFish and Fishing Tas apps?

The Tas eFish app is for commercial rock lobster and giant crab fishers. It provides a digital alternative to the current telephone reporting service, simply transitioning existing regulatory processes onto a digital platform.

This is different to the Fishing Tas app, which is for recreational rock lobster fishers to report their catch. This is a new requirement starting on 2 December 2023. The Fishing Tas app will be available to download in late November 2023. Learn more about recreational rock lobster catch reporting.

The Tas eFish app is a key deliverable from the Fisheries Digital Transition Project (FDTP). Find out more about how we’re transitioning commercial fisheries into the digital age through FDTP.

Can I use Tas eFish to make a prior-fishing scalefish report?

A prior-fishing scalefish report cannot currently be made using the Tas eFish App.

Commercial rock lobster licence holders who also hold a scalefish licence must make a prior-fishing scalefish report if they intend on taking scalefish (currently approved as Pre-Fishing SF Report – SF1).

Commercial rock lobster licence holders who also hold a scalefish licence must make a prior-fishing report if they intend on taking scalefish by telephone on 1800 067 470 or 03 8199 7343. Fishers should record the receipt number in the comments section of the Commercial Catch, Effort and Disposal Record.


    Hotline

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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

    Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries Licensing

    Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au