Scalefish

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The Tasmanian scalefish fishery includes a diverse array of licences, fishing gears and target species. The fishery includes small dinghy operators who conduct part-day fishing trips and target multiple species; through to large vessels who fish over multiple days and target individual species.

Some of the species commercially targeted include: banded morwong, southern calamari, octopus, tiger flathead, school whiting, southern garfish, wrasse, Gould's squid, bastard trumpeter, blue warehou, silver warehou, flounder, silver trevally and striped trumpeter.

Fishing  gear include gillnets, hook and line, longlines, spears, drop lines, squid jigs, automatic squid jig machines, fish traps, purse seine nets, beach seine nets, dipnets, octopus pots and Danish seine.

Different Government issued fishing licences are required to use some  fishing methods and to catch some species. For example, Banded Morwong are quota managed, meaning that fishers must have a Banded Morwong licence and quota to harvest this species.

IMAS completes stock assessments for the sustainable management of all species.

The Scalefish fishery is predominantly made up of small, family owned and operated businesses.  The real size of the Tasmanian scalefish fishery workforce is estimated to be 90 individuals. This figure consists of between 65 and 70 active fishers (licence owners or supervisors) and an estimated 20 deckhands.

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Types of Jobs

Types of Jobs

Skipper
• Qualifications: Skipper qualifications vary from Coxswain 2 to Master 4 Certificates of Competency, depending on the vessel length
• On the job: Master of the vessel, responsible for all fishing operations.


Deckhand
• For the vast majority of scalefish fishing vessels, that are <10m in length, there is no legislative requirement for a deckhand.

Qualifications and requirements

Qualifications and requirements

The Tasmanian scalefish fishery licencing system is complex. To actively fish within the Tasmanian scalefish fishery, an individual is required to hold a Fishing Licence Personal, and be the owner or supervisor of a Fishing Licence (Scalefish A) and/or a Fishing Licence (Scalefish B) and/or a Fishing Licence (Scalefish C). Fishing Licence (Scalefish C) licence types are non-transferable, meaning they will over time be removed from the fishery as holders retire.


A fishing licence (vessel) or ‘FLV’ is the licence that all scalefish licence types are attached to, which then forms a “licence package”. Only the vessel specified in the licence can be used to operate the fishing licences attached to the fishing licence (vessel). The FLV licences are transferable.

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