Pearling and Hatchery Licences - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require a pearling licence or permit, including a farm lease, if you intend to carry out pearling activities. The pearl oyster fishery is subject to quotas which control the total number of oysters removed from the fishing grounds each year.

The fishery has been declared as a limited entry fishery. This means no new licences are being issued and if you intend to start pearl farming you will need to purchase a minimum quota from an existing pearl farmer.

A separate Hatchery Licence or permit is required if you intend to carry out hatchery activities.

Please consult the Contact Officer for further information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


As specified on the licence.



Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.



Application for Pearling and Hatchery Licences - Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Approval time

Approximately 3-4 months.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Act(s) name

Pearling Act 1990 (Western Australia)

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