Aboriginal Coastal Licence - Northern Territory


You must apply for this licence if you live in a remote community and you want to fish and sell the fish you catch.  This licence allows you to:

  • catch and sell fish to most people, such as community members, visitors, community shops or fish wholesalers
  • use the fishing gear listed below.
Please note that you may only sell to specified buyers.

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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $50.00 Fees for 2020-21.

Additional information

You must only use the following fishing gear:

  •     up to 100 m 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.

Disqualified persons or entities

You can hold a commercial fishing licence if you have this licence.

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

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