Aboriginal Coastal Licence - Northern Territory


You must apply for this permit if you are an Aboriginal person living full time in an Aboriginal community and have the support of your community and intend to catch and sell fish to most people, such as community members, visitors, community shops or fish wholesalers.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for an Aboriginal Coastal Licence you must be an Aboriginal person living full time in an Aboriginal community and have the agreement and support of your community. .

For more information on eligibility, please contact the department.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $50.00

A $50 cheque or money order made out to the Receiver of Territory Monies (RTM).

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 must also follow some commercial fishing rules for your licence. This requires you to submit a monthly log sheet, don't fish in reef protection zones, don't set nets in creeks or rivers and no fishing in commercial sites.

For more information, please contact the department.

Administering agency

Fisheries Group

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:

Licensing Officer

Fisheries Group

Operating address: 33 Vaughan Street
Berrimah NT 0828
Mailing address: GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889992183
Fax: 0889992057
Email: FisheriesLicensing@nt.gov.au
Website: https://www.nt.gov.au/marine/for-all-harbour-and-boat-users/contact-nt-fisheries (Opens in new window)