Spanish Mackerel Fishery Licence - Northern Territory


You will be required to apply for a spanish mackerel fishery licence, if you intend to commercially fish for spanish mackerel in the Northern Territory.

This fishery has 15 licences, but they are all currently allocated and no new licences will be issued.

However, an existing licence may be purchased from other licensees, but are subject to a two for one transfer arrangement (eg applicants must buy two existing unrestricted licences, surrender both to Fisheries and be issued a fully transferable licence).

Once a licence has been through the two for one process, a one for one transfer situation will apply.

Any licence number within the 5000 series has already completed the two for one arrangement and these licence holders may temporarily transfer (lease) or permanently transfer (sell) their licence on receiving the Director's approval. Stamp duty must be paid on the sale before the Director will approve the transfer.

If you require any further information, please contact the department.

Service type


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


5 Years.


$1,280 annual licence fee, plus NT Seafood Council Levy
$265 transfer fee (2019-20).

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

Additional information

You may use any of the following methods to catch Spanish mackerel:

  • troll lines
  • floating hand lines
  • rods.
Commercial fishers operate using a mothership and up to two dories. It is common for fishers to troll two to four lines behind a dory and up to eight lines from a mothership.
If you require any further information, please contact the department.

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)