You will require this licence if you intend to commence commercial fishing activities in the Australian section of the Torres Strait Protected Zone. This licence is issued to Torres Strait islanders only, or other approved persons under the Torres Strait Treaty. The Protected Zone is that area, commonly referred to as Torres Strait, lying between mainland Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Marine species covered include:
- Tropical Rock Lobster;
- Spanish Mackerel;
- Pearl Shell;
- Sea Cucumbers;
- Fin Fish; and
- All sub species.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Traditional Inhabitant Fishing Boat Licences are issued only to those officially identified as Torres Strait Islanders. To be officially identified as a traditional inhabitant you must lodge a Torres Strait traditional inhabitant ID. The identification form must be completed by the councillor of a relevant community and the mayor of the same council.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.
The Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority
Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 (Australian Government)
Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985 (Australian Government)
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