Pearl Oyster Licences - Northern Territory

Description

You will need to apply for pearl oyster licences 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 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.
If you require further information, please contact the department.

Service type

Licence

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

Duration

5 Years.

Fees

Pearl Oyster Culture Industry Licence or renewal:
$1,280 licence fee, plus an amount calculated using the allocation of units and the gross value of production.

Pearl Oyster Fishery Licence or renewal:
$1,195 licence fee, plus an amount calculated using the allocation of units and the gross value of production.

2019- 2020 Revenue unit = $1.21.

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

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1988 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulations 1992 Northern Territory

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
Email: FisheriesLicensing@nt.gov.au
Website: https://www.nt.gov.au/marine/for-all-harbour-and-boat-users/contact-nt-fisheries (Opens in new window)