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.

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.


$1,195 licence fee (Coastal Line) $1280 (Coastal Net), plus NT Seafood Council Levy; or $265 transfer fee.

cash, credit card / EFTPOS, cheque or money order.

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 bycatch.
Please contact the department for more information.

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: 0889992183
Fax: 0889992057
Website: Contact NT Fisheries (Opens in new window)