Aboriginal Coastal Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you are an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander. and live in a remote community and you intend to catch a sell fish. This licence allows you to catch and sell fish to specified buyers, such as community members, visitors, community shops or fish wholesalers.

You must only use the following fishing gear:

  • up to 100m of net, with mesh size up to 65 mm
  • hand spear
  • scoop net
  • vertical line as handline or rod and reel
  • a traditional fish trap - you need special approval for this.

You will need to report what and how many fish you catch, and how much you sell at the end of each month.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must

  • be an Aboriginal person
  • live full time in an Aboriginal community
  • have the agreement and support of your community
  • provide a map of the area you wish to fish
  • provide identification
  • acquire support from your community group's leader of the area you will fish
  • complete an interview with NT fisheries to show you understand all the licence rules, conditions and safe fishing practices.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $50.00 Fees for 2021-22

Additional information

If you hold this licence, you cannot:

  • hold a commercial fishing licence
  • operate an Aboriginal coastal licence while working as a crew member of a commercial fishing boat
  • transfer the licence to anyone else
  • target barramundi, king threadfin, Spanish mackerel, mud crab or trepang.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Fisheries Division

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:

Senior Licensing Officer

Fisheries Division

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Northern Territory
Operating address: 33 Vaughan Street
Berrimah, Northern Territory 0828
Phone: 08 8999 2370
Email: FisheriesLicensing@nt.gov.au