Fishing Tour Operator's Licence - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a fishing tour for commercial purposes in a tour management zone. A fishing tour is a tour designed to provide an opportunity for recreational fishing. Your licence will specify which of the four tour management zones you are authorised to operate in: the Pilbara / Kimberley, Gascoyne, the West Coast, or the South Coast. There are two kinds of fishing tour licences: an unrestricted fishing tour licence, and a restricted fishing tour licence.

An unrestricted fishing tour licence authorises charter boat-based fishing activities where fish can be taken home at the end of the tour. The number of unrestricted fishing tour licences granted is limited. New unrestricted licences are approved only in exceptional circumstances.

A restricted fishing tour licence authorises mainly eco-type activities, such as snorkelling or scuba diving, with limited fishing activity allowing only for fish to be caught and eaten as a meal during the course of the tour. Tour participants are not allowed to take captured fish home with them at the end of the tour.

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:

  • be the master of the boat
  • be a fit and proper person
  • provide a copy of your five year business plan
  • specify for each boat the name, length and licence number (if any) of the boat
  • specify the maximum number of passengers participating in a tour conducted
  • have sufficient capital resources
  • comply with relevant environmental standards and fisheries management objectives.

Requirements for particular operations may vary. Please consult the Contact Officer directly for further information.





Other fees may vary. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.




Application for a Fishing Tour Operator's Licence - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.



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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