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.

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.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

A pearl farmer must hold both types of licences, have at least five fishing units and 15 hatchery units to maintain their licences.


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1280.00

Pearl oyster culture industry licence. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $1195.00

Pearl oyster fishery licence. 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