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.

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
Apply Application All $50.00

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1988 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulations 1992 Northern Territory

Additional information

You must only use the following fishing gear:

  •     up to 100m of net, with mesh size up to 65mm
  •     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

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industry and Resources

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:

Fisheries Licensing

Department of Primary Industry and Resources

Mailing address: GPO BOX 3000
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8999 2183
Fax: 08 8999 2057
Email: FisheriesLicensing@nt.gov.au