Authority to Take Fish for Scientific Purposes - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this authority if you intend to take fish for the purpose of scientific research. Taking fish includes catching, capturing, trapping, enclosing, gathering, removing, poisoning, stunning, killing or destroying fish by any means or attempting to do so. Please note that separate approval is required for the following:

  • taking fish from a state reserve or marine park
  • taking fish for genetic or chemical extraction or analysis, as well as handling, delivering, receiving, storing, packaging, purchasing or selling of fish for that purpose.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this authority you must:

  • submit the prescribed forms
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified by Agency.





Application for Authority to Take Fish for Scientific Purposes - Please consult the Contact Officer to obtain a copy of the relevant application form.



Please submit your application with the required fees.

Administering agency

Department of Fisheries

Act(s) name

Fish Resources Management Act 1994 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Department of Fisheries

Operating address:
3rd Floor, SGIO Atrium
168-170 St Georges Terrace
Western Australia 6000
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 39
Cloisters Square PO
Western Australia 6850


08 9482 7333


08 9482 7389

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