Demersal Fishery Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to commercially fish for demersal or bottom dwelling fish species in offshore waters. The demersal fishery is controlled by a catch based quota. You must hold a quota before you can go fishing under the licence.

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.

You can apply for a new licence, but cannot buy or sell existing licences. However, you may buy, sell or lease individual transferable quota.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1300.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Miscellaneous All -

Levies to be paid on application for renewal of the licence:

  • $0.083 for each fishery unit for goldband snapper attached to the licence
  • $0.019 for each fishery unit for red snapper attached to the licence
  • $0.069 for each fishery unit for grouped fish attached to the licence

Fees for 2023-24


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.