Mud Crab Fishery Licence - Northern Territory


You will need to apply for a mud crab fishery licence if you intend to commercially fish for crabs in the Northern Territory. There are only 49 licences for crab fishing in the Northern Territory and all are currently allocated. Each licence is allowed 60 pots.

Commercial crabbing takes place primarily in the Gulf of Carpentaria and more than 99% of the commercial catch is the giant mud crab. You must use complying marine pots. Pots must have a float attached marked with the vessel identification number. The pot must be less than half a cubic metre in volume and no bigger than 1 metre across in any direction.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

If you are new to fisheries, there may be an interview process associated with the licence application.


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $934.32

Levy. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Renewal All $1280.00

Fees for 2021-22


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