Aquaculture Licence - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to engage in commercial aquaculture (including freshwater aquaculture). Aquaculture means the keeping, breeding, hatching, culturing or harvesting of fish. You will also require this licence if you intend to sell fish taken from waters on private land. A licence is not required for any of the following activities:

  • keeping fish for the purpose of processing fish under a Fish Processor's Licence
  • keeping fish on any premises for the purpose of serving the fish as meals
  • selling black bream taken from your private land to the holder of an Aquaculture Licence
  • selling yabbie, koonac and gilgie taken from private land in certain parts of the State to the holder of an Aquaculture Licence
  • keeping, breeding, hatching, culturing, harvesting or selling fish for non-commercial purposes, for display or hobby purposes, or for displaying fish in a public aquarium.

A temporary aquaculture permit may be available if you already hold an aquaculture licence, to authorise you to undertake aquaculture activities in an alternative area for up to 12 months.

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 licence you must:

  • provide a Management and Environmental Monitoring Plan (MEMP), explaining how you will manage environmental and safety risks
  • be a fit and proper person to hold a licence
  • ensure that you have, or will have, appropriate rights to access and use the areas and waterways covered by the licence
  • ensure that the activities you intend to conduct will not adversely affect other fish or the aquatic environment
  • satisfy the Agency that it is in the interests of the community to grant the licence
  • obtain any other required approvals and licences for the activities you intend to undertake, such as planning approval
  • provide details of the activities intended to be done under the licence.

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



12 months, or as otherwise specified on the licence.



Fees are listed on the attached document.



Please submit your application with the required fees.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Act(s) name

Fish Resources Management Act 1994 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Mailing address:
Cloisters Square PO, Western Australia 6850
Mailing address:
Gordon Stephenson House
140 William Street
Perth, Western Australia 6000


08 6551 4444


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