Approved Operator - Fishing Tour Operation - Northern Territory


You are required to apply for this permit if you intend on being responsible for a fishing tour operation. This includes licensees if they operate their own licence.

For more information, please contact the department.

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 fishing tour 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

Additional information

The following conditions will apply to your approved operator - fishing tour operation licence:

  •  an Approved Operator identity card must be displayed prominently on the fishing platform at all times while on a commercial tour.
  • an Approved Operator must complete a legible record of fishing activities at the end of each day before clients disembark the vessel or fishing platform.
  •  people conducting or assisting the conduct of a fishing tour under this licence may catch fish but they may not take possession of the fish.
For more information on conditions, please contact the department.

Administering agency

Fisheries Licensing

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