Pearl Oyster Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to commercially harvest, transport, hold and sell pearl oysters in the Northern Territory.

The NT pearling industry is managed under a unit quota system and uses two types of licences - a pearl oyster fishery licence (fishing licence) and a pearl oyster culture (hatchery) licence.

The fishery is made up of 120 fishery units and the culture industry has 300 hatchery units. Each unit is equal to 1150 oysters. This means 483,000 new oysters can be seeded each year.

A pearl farmer must hold both types of licences and have at least five fishing units and 15 hatchery units to maintain their licences. Units may be traded - permanently or temporarily - between licence holders.

Service type


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


5 Years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please check with the agency for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Pearl Oyster Licence - please use the contact details below for information on forms to be submitted.

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)