Scientific Licence - Fish - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to take fish for scientific, teaching, museum or aquarium purposes. This licence covers marine, estuarine and freshwater fish or any of their parts. It also includes all other aquatic animal life.

The licence will stipulate:

  • The number of fish that may be taken;
  • The waters where the fish may be taken;
  • The times or periods when the licence is to have effect;
  • The ways in which fish may be taken under the licence; or
  • The species of fish that may be taken.

Other restrictions and conditions may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Provide evidence for the intention of research purposes;
  • Have a conviction record check;
  • Have an approved quantity limit and approved methods and fishing gear for the taking of fish; and
  • Pay all relevant application fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 3 years.



You do not need to pay any fees.



Scientific Licence - Fish - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.



Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 2000 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Environment and Planning Directorate

Operating address:
Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis Street
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 158
Canberra City,Australian Capital Territory,




02 62071923


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