Commercial Fishing Licences - New South Wales


You will require a licence if you intend to undertake commercial fishing in New South Wales waters. NSW waters include inland, estuaries and offshore waters.

If you intend to start a commercial fishing business, you will need to purchase existing shares and endorsements to undertake certain fishing activities. Alternatively, you can become a nominated person who is authorised to fish on behalf of an existing commercial fishing business. Please be aware that no new shares and endorsements will be issued in NSW.

There are five different types of fishing businesses in the NSW commercial fishing industry. These include:

  • abalone fishing businesses
  • lobster fishing businesses
  • sea urchin and turban shell fishing businesses
  • inland fishing businesses
  • share management fishery fishing businesses (which may also contain southern fish trawl restricted fishery endorsements).

Please be aware that your fishing boat will also need to be licensed and that each type of fishing activity is governed by separate rules and regulations. It is advised that you consult the Contact Officer and refer to the regulations in the first instance of the application process.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Requirements will vary depending on the type of fishing business / activity you intend to conduct.



Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $642.00 Fees for 2022-23
Renew Renewal All $320.00 Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1994 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2019 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

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.