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Blue Crab Fishery Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to undertake commercial fishing of blue crabs using crab pots and bait nets.

As all blue crab fishery licences are currently exhausted, you can only be granted this licence through transfer from an existing licence holder.

Licence holders are also required to register:

  • any boat or device used under this licence
  • a person as a master of any boat used under this licence.

If a boat registered for use under the blue crab licence is also used under a licence or other entitlement to take other marine resources:

  • that entitlement must either be transferred together with the licence or surrendered before transfer; or
  • transfer of the licence separately from the entitlement must not be likely to result in exploitative fishing activities, and the body that granted the entitlement must agree with the separate transfer of the licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must be:

  • 15 years or older
  • a fit and proper person.


Fishery licences are issued for the term of the management plan. The current management plan began on 1 January 2018 and will expire in 2023.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Application or annual fees for blue crab fishery licence:

  • base fee - $5,335.00
  • additional fee for each blue crab unit quota entitlement - $27.25.

Fees for 2023-24

Transfer Transfer All $514.00

Transfer a Blue Crab Fishery Licence. Fees for 2023-24

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Fisheries and Aquaculture Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.