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.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Both licences are annual (expire 31 December).
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.
Fisheries Act 1988 (Northern Territory)
Fisheries Regulations 1992 (Northern Territory)
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