Bait Net Fishery Licence - Northern Territory


You will require a licence, if you intend to take fish by bait net or cast net to sell as bait. This licence is allocated by the department, and cannot be sold, transferred or leased.

Commercial fishing for bait is allowed from the high water mark to three nautical miles seaward of the low water mark but does not include Darwin Harbour and Shoal Bay.

Please contact the department for more information.

Service type


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


5 Years.


Common Fees details for this service in table format.

Type Amount Description
Application -

Levy of $583.00 for grant or renewal. Fee for 2020-21.

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1195.00 Fee for 2020-21.

Additional information

This licence does not allow you to take barramundi, king threadfin, spanish mackerel or mudcrab. It also does not allow you to use any fishing gear other than a bait net, a cast net or a scoop net and gaff.

if you are using a bait net, it must be hauled by hand, attended at all times while in use, in no less than 30cm of water while being cleared and not anchored or staked.

For more information, please contact the department.

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, Northern Territory 0828
Mailing address: GPO BOX 3000
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8999 2183
Fax: 08 8999 2057
Contact us website: Contact NT Fisheries (Opens in new window)