Coastal Line / Coastal Net Fishery Licence - Northern Territory


You will be required to apply for a coastal net fishery licence, if you intend to net fish commercially in coastal waters in the Northern Territory.

There are five coastal net fishery licences, all of which are currently allocated. Licences cannot be bought, sold or leased. The fishery is divided into regions:

  • Darwin - from Cape Hotham to Native Point and Cape Ford to Cape Dooley.
  • Gove - between Cape Arnhem and Cape Wilberforce.
  • Borroloola - from Bing Bong Creek and Pelican Spit.

You must only fish within the regions which are nominated on the licence, and not within reef fish protection areas.

Service type


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


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

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

Apply Application All $1195.00 Fee for 2020-21.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Coastal Line / Coastal Net Fishery Licence - Please use the contact details below for information on forms to be submitted.

Additional information

To use this licence, your net must meet the following requirements:

  • up to 300m long
  • a maximum drop of five metres
  • a mesh size of 65 mm or less
  • is anchored at one end only

You can also use a cast net with a maximum 6m with and a mesh size up to 25mm. You must clear your nets in water more than 30 cm deep to help the release of by-catch.

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)