Timor Reef Fishery Licence - Northern Territory


You must apply for a Timor Reef fishery licence if you intend to commercially fish for demersal or bottom-dwelling fish in the Timor Reef  area in the Northern Territory. There are 15 licences currently issued for the area. You can buy a new licence, but licences cannot be bought or sold.

This licence is quota based, and proof of purchase of quota is required before this licence can be issued. This licence is non-transferable, but the quota is transferable. Commercial fishers can buy, sell and lease individual transferable quota.

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.


$1,195 annual licence fee, plus NT Seafood Council Levy.

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

Additional information

You can use all of the following methods in the Timor Reef:

  • vertical lines
  • drop lines attached to or free from vessel
  • finfish long-lines
  • baited fish-traps.
The majority of the catch is taken using baited fish-traps. Goldband snapper is the primary species taken, but saddle-tail snapper, crimson snapper, red emperor and cods are also common catch in the area.

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
Email: FisheriesLicensing@nt.gov.au
Website: Contact NT Fisheries (Opens in new window)