Pearl Oyster Licences - Northern Territory

Service summary

Two licences are required to operate in the Pearl Oyster Industry; the Pearl Oyster Fishery Licence and the Pearl Oyster Culture Industry Licence.

Pearl Oyster Culture Industry Licence:
A person must purchase a portion of the available units, (minimum of 5 units), from an existing licensee to be granted a licence.
A Pearl Oyster Culture Industry Licence is required by those who wish to be involved with pearl oyster hatchery; pearl oyster fishery (taking and transporting from the wild); pearl oyster farm lease; pearl oyster spat collection; and selling pearl oyster.

Pearl Oyster Fishery Licence:
There are only seven licences issued in this Fishery. These licences are transferable. Existing licence holders may temporarily transfer (lease) or permanently transfer (sell) their licence on receiving approval. Stamp duty must be paid on the sale before the Director's approval.

Service type


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


Both licences are annual (expire 31 December).


(2017 Fees)
Pearl Oyster Culture Industry Licence or renewal:
$1,260 licence fee, plus an amount calculated using the allocation of units and the gross value of production.

Pearl Oyster Fishery Licence or renewal:
$1,180 licence fee, plus an amount calculated using the allocation of units and the gross value of production.

Cash, Credit Card / EFTPOS, cheque or money order.

Administering agency

Fisheries Group

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1988 (Northern Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulations 1992 (Northern Territory)

Contact details

Licensing Officer

Operating address:
Berrimah Research Farm
Berrimah NT 0828
Mailing address:
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801





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