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.

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.


Traditional inhabitants who hold a Traditional Inhabitants Fishing Boat Licence do not require this licence unless you are a first time applicant in which you must supply a traditional inhabitant identification form with the Master Fisherman's licence.

Eligibility requirements

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

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


12 months or 5 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $50.00

One year.

Apply Application All $100.00 Five  years.
Apply Renewal All $50.00 One year.
Renew Renewal All $100.00 Five years.

Act(s) name

Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985 Australian Government

Additional information

Master fisherman licences are not able to be transferred. The number of of non-traditional inhabitants who can be nominated to hold master fisherman licences are 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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority

Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority

Mailing address: PO BOX 7051
Canberra BC, Australian Capital Territory 2610
Phone: 1300 723 621
Website: Protected Zone Joint Authority (Opens in new window)

Supporting information