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:

  • pearl oyster fishery licence (fishing licence)
  • 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. Licence holders may only take pearl oysters by hand.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1400.00

Pearl oyster culture industry licence. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $1300.00

Pearl oyster fishery licence. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Lodgement All $1215.00

Levy to be paid for the grant, renewal or transfer of a Pearl Oyster Fishery Licence. Fee for 2023-24

Apply Miscellaneous All $60.00

Levy to be paid for each pearl culture unit on application for renewal of the licence.



Units may be traded between licence holders.

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.