Commercial Fishing Boat Requirements - New South Wales


You will need to comply with the following standards if you wish to operate a commercial fishing boat.

A commercial fishing boat must display the letters 'LFB' on both sides of the bow or wheelhouse. The letters must be displayed clearly in a colour that contrasts the colour of the boat.

They must also be:

  • at least 150 mm in height
  • at least 300 mm in height and 150 mm in width if the boat is more than 7.5 metres long and used in ocean waters.

A tender or dinghy carried on a commercial fishing boat must display the letter 'D' on both sides. The letter must be at least 50 mm in height.

Unique Vessel Identifiers (UVI) should be displayed as required by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

A maximum boat length applies to some commercial fishing activities. This information can be found in the attached resource.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Fisheries NSW

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