Master Fisherman's Licence: Torres Strait - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you conduct commercial fishing in the Torres Strait protected zone. The Protected Zone is that area, commonly referred to as Torres Strait, lying between mainland New Guinea and Australia.

Marine species covered by this permit include Tropical Rock Lobster, Spanish Mackerel, Pearl Shell, Prawn, Net, Sea Cucumbers, Trochus, Crab, Fin Fish, and all sub species.

Traditional inhabitants who hold a Traditional Inhabitants Fishing Boat Licence do not require this licence.

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

New licences are only issued to traditional inhabitants, except in the prawn fishery area. Non-traditional inhabitants who want to enter a Torres Strait commercial fishery must buy one of the transferable licences from an existing operator. Significant documentation and compliance guidelines apply to this licence, including recording information in a logbook relating to the taking and processing of fish.

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


12 months or 5 years.



One year $50; Five years $100.


Administering agency

The Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority
Licensing Section

Act(s) name

Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority
The Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority
Licensing Section

Mailing address:
PO BOX 7051
Canberra BC, Australian Capital Territory 2610





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