Approved Operator - Commercial Fishing - Northern Territory


You will need this permit if you intend to hold responsibility for a commercial fishing operation.

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 approved operator for a commercial fishing operation, you must:

  • an interview relevant to the fisheries you are seeking approval for must be completed with an Aquatic Resource Manager.
  • be a fit and proper person.
  • must have a coxswain certificate as a minimum. 
  • undertake a National Police Check.
For more information on eligibility, please contact the department.


Approved operator cards will be valid for five years.


Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1988 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulations 1992 Northern Territory

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:

Licensing Officer

Fisheries Licensing

Operating address: 33 vaughan Street
Berrimah NT 0828
Mailing address: GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889992393