Commercial Fishing Licences - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require a licence if you intend to undertake commercial fishing in New South Wales waters. NSW waters include inland, estuaries and offshore waters.

If you intend to start a commercial fishing business, you will need to purchase existing shares and endorsements to undertake certain fishing activities. Alternatively, you can become a nominated person who is authorised to fish on behalf of an existing commercial fishing business. Please be aware that no new shares and endorsements will be issued in NSW.

There are five different types of fishing businesses in the NSW commercial fishing industry. These include:

  • Abalone fishing businesses;
  • Lobster fishing businesses;
  • Sea urchin and turban shell fishing businesses;
  • Inland fishing businesses; and
  • Share management fishery fishing business (which may also contain southern fish trawl restricted fishery endorsements).

Please be aware that your fishing boat will also need to be licensed.

Please be aware that each type of fishing activity is governed by separate rules and regulations. It is advised that you consult the Contact Officer and refer to the regulations in the first instance of the application process.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Requirements will vary depending on the type of fishing business / activity you intend to conduct. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Fees are listed on the attached document.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fisheries NSW

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1994 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Fisheries Business Services
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fisheries NSW

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 3020
New South Wales 2541


1300 720 662


02 4424 7449

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