Demersal Fishery Licence - Northern Territory


You will be required to have a demersal fishery licence if you intend to commercially fish for demersal or bottom dwelling fish species in offshore waters in the Northern Territory.

The demersal fishery is controlled by catch quote.  You must hold quota before you can go fishing.

There are 18 licences currently issued in the demersal fishery. You can apply for a new licence, but cannot buy or sell existing licences. You may buy, sell or lease individual transferable quota.

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.


5 Years.


$1,195 annual licence fee, plus fishery unit fee (2019-20) plus NT Seafood Council Levy.

Cash, Credit card / EFTPOS, cheque or money order.

Additional information

This licence allows you to use any of the following fishing methods:
  • vertical lines
  • drop lines
  • finfish long-lines
  • baited fish traps
  • semi-demersal trawl nets in two multi-gear areas.
  • Trawl operators must use a bycatch reduction device and square mesh funnel or cod end to reduce the amount of bycatch.
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 NT 0828
Mailing address: GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889992183
Fax: 0889992057
Website: Contact NT Fisheries (Opens in new window)