Blue Crab Fishery Licence - South Australia


You will require this licence if you intend to take blue crabs using crab pots and bait nets in South Australian blue crab fisheries.

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

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, or a transfer of this licence, you must:

  • be over 15 years of age
  • be a fit and proper person to hold the licence
  • If the applicant or transferee is a company, each director of the company must be a fit and proper person to be a director of a company that holds a licence in respect of the blue crab fishery.

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.


Fishery licences are issued for the term of the management plan. The current management plan began on 1 January 2018 and will expire in 2022.


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 - $3289.00
  • additional fee for each blue crab unit quota entitlement - $27.75.

Fees for 2022-23

Transfer Transfer All $480.00

Fees for 2022-23

Additional information

In your application for this licence, you will also be required to register:

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

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.