Aquaculture Lease - New South Wales

Description

You will require an aquaculture lease if you intend to carry out operations such as the cultivation of fish or marine life, dredging of oysters or other commercial productions or operations within public water lands in New South Wales.

There are two ways that a lease can be obtained; either a current lessee transfers the lease to you or you apply for a lease to develop an area that has not been previously cultivated.

There are four classes of lease are available:

  • Class 1: cultivate fish or conduct other similar operations in water up to 6 meters deep.
  • Class 2: conduct these activities in water deeper than 6 metres.
  • Class 3: conduct intensive fish or marine vegetation cultivation.
  • Class 4: conduct fish ranching.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an aquaculture lease, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or over
  • complete and submit your application within 90 days of it being advertised
  • sign the draft lease document
  • specify the species of fish or marine vegetation to be cultivated
  • comply with any conditions relevant to the individual lease
  • pay the required fees.

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

Prerequisites

Must Have

Aquaculture Permit

Duration

Up to 15 years.

Expiry

Annual rent must be paid before 31 July each year.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All Fees listed on the attached document.

Forms

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Lease-Based Aquaculture Forms (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Schedule of Aquaculture Fees (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1994 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management (Aquaculture) Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Application process

Apply

An application for a lease must be made in a form approved by the Director and accompanied by the processing application fee.

Lodge

Where leases are advertised by the Department through auction, public tender or ballot, the application process varies. You must follow the relevant instructions as printed in the Government Gazette.

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Fisheries NSW

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:

Enquiries, Head Office

Fisheries NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Operating address: Port Stephens Fisheries Centre
Taylors Beach Road
Taylors Beach
New South Wales 2316
Mailing address: Locked Bag 1
Nelson Bay
New South Wales 2315
Phone: 1300 550 474
Phone: 02 4982 1232
Fax: 02 4982 1107
Email: information-advisory@dpi.nsw.gov.au