Commercial harvest fishery licence - Queensland

Service summary

You need this licence if you are taking any of the following for trade or commerce:

  • Coral (Symbol D), Shell Grit (Symbol G), Star Sand (Symbol H)
  • Trochus on the East Coast of Queensland (Symbol J1)
  • Beachworm (Symbol W1)
  • Bloodworm (Symbol W2)
  • Aquarium fish (Symbol A1 or A2)
  • Yabbies (Symbol Y)
  • Beche-de-mer (East Coast) (Symbol B1)
  • Shell (Symbol F)
  • Oysters (Symbol O)
  • Juvenile eels (Symbol JE)
  • Eel (Symbol E)

Service type


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

Definition of terms


Sea worm.


Coelenterate animals of the class anthozoan. The term includes the uncompacted skeletons of those animals.

Shell grit

Broken remnants of sea shells.

Star sand

Sand composed of the calcareous skeletons of the unicellular animals known as foraminiferous.


Shell found in the east coast waters of Australia and Torres Strait.


This licence remains ongoing while fees are paid.



Queensland commercial fishing fees


You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed Commercial harvest fishery licence application to Fisheries Queensland.

Transfer details

You can transfer all licences with the exception of the eel authorities with the Symbol E.

You can transfer this licence by submitting a completed application for Register transfer of commercial harvest fishery licence  to Fisheries Queensland.

Additional information

These are limited entry fisheries - please refer to Limited entry policy guidelines.

If operations are to be carried out in a marine park, you must obtain the appropriate Marine park permit.

Please note that, apart from regional offices do not accept completed applications with fees. However they do have the range of application forms for distribution.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Fisheries Queensland
Licensing and Fisheries Information

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1994 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulation 2008 (Queensland)

Contact details

Customer Service Centre
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


13 25 23


07 3404 6999


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