Off-shore Net and Line Fishery Licence - Northern Territory


You will need to apply for an off-shore net and line licence, if you intend to commercially fish using offshore nets or lines. There is no restriction on the amount of licences issued, but you must apply for a new licence. Existing licences cannot be bought or sold.

You can fish in all Northern Territory waters from the low water mark to the boundary of the Australian Fishing Zone (ASZ), 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 contact the department 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.

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

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1988 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulations 1992 Northern Territory

Additional information

This Fishery is quota based, and proof of purchase of quota is required before this licence can be issued. This licence is non-transferable, but the quota is transferable. There is a transfer fee of $10 per unit.

Administering agency

Fisheries Group

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 Group

Operating address: 33 Vaughan Street
Berrimah NT 0828
Mailing address: GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889992183
Fax: 0889992057
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