Master Fisherman's Licence: Torres Strait - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you conduct commercial fishing in the Torres Strait protected zone. The Protected Zone is the sea area between mainland New Guinea and Australia.

Marine species covered by this permit include:

  • Tropical Rock Lobster
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Pearl Shell
  • Prawn
  • Sea Cucumbers
  • Trochus
  • Crab
  • Fin Fish
  • all sub species.

Service type


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


Traditional inhabitants that hold a Traditional Inhabitant Fishing Boat Licence do not require this licence unless they are first time applicants. If you are a first time applicant, you must supply a traditional inhabitant identification form with the Master Fisherman's licence.

Eligibility requirements

Non-traditional inhabitants who intend to obtain a new Torres Strait master fisherman's licence require a nomination from the owner of the fishing operation.


One or five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $50.00

One year. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $100.00

Five years. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $100.00

Five years. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $50.00

One year. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985 Australian Government


Master fisherman licences are not transferable. The number of non-traditional inhabitants that can be nominated to hold master fisherman licences is different for each operation.

Administering agency

Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.