Coastal Line / Coastal Net Fishery Licence - Northern Territory


You will need to apply for a coastal net fishery licence if you intend to net fish commercially in coastal waters of 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 $1280.00

Coastal net fishery licence. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $1195.00

Coastal line fishery licence. Fees for 2021-22


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:

Senior Licensing Officer

Fisheries Division

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Northern Territory
Operating address: 33 Vaughan Street
Berrimah, Northern Territory 0828
Phone: 08 8999 2370