Off-shore Net and Line Fishery Licence - Northern Territory


You will need an off-shore net and line fishery licence if you intend to commercially fish using offshore nets or lines.

You can fish in all Northern Territory waters from the low water mark to the boundary of the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ), about 200 nautical miles offshore. Black-tip sharks and grey mackerel are the primary species taken in off-shore net and line fishing. Other shark species caught are hammerhead, bull, tiger, pigeye, lemon and winghead sharks and dusky whalers.

You must use demersal or pelagic long lines or pelagic nets. Bottom-set gillnets are prohibited.

Please use the contact details below for further information on restrictions around fishing gear and where it can be used.

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 plus NT Seafood Council Levy.

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)