Developmental fishing permit - Queensland


You will need this permit to explore potential new fisheries that are not currently used for commercial purposes.

Developmental fishing enables fishers to investigate the viability of new commercial fishing activities, including:

  • targeting new, unallocated or currently non-commercial species
  • using different or modified types of fishing gear
  • exploring new areas for fisheries resources.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must be at least 18 years old to be eligible for this permit.

The permit can be held by either:

  • individual applicants
  • in the name of a company.


As specified


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Application process


To apply for this permit you will need to:

  • submit the developmental fishing permit application
  • submit all relevant fees
  • include supporting information that addresses:
    • ecologically sustainability
    • economic viability
    • social acceptability
    • any letters of support from industry or community groups.

Transfer process


You cannot transfer this permit.

Approval time

90 days

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Fisheries Queensland

Contact details

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