You will need 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.