The number of boats that may be registered on a marine scalefish fishery licence is not restricted. However, only one boat may fish under a licence at any one time. Whilst the same vessel may be registered on multiple licences, multiple licences cannot be operated from one vessel at the same time.
Under the licence amalgamation scheme, marine scalefish fishery licences are assigned a points value. If the points value on a licence is equal to or greater than 24, then the licence may be transferred. If a licence has a points value of less than 24, the licence may only be transferred if it is to be amalgamated with another marine scalefish fishery or restricted marine scalefish fishery licence and the aggregate points value endorsed on both licences is equal to or greater than 24.
A family transfer allows a licence to be transferred without being subject to the amalgamation scheme. Under a family transfer, a licence holder may transfer the licence to:
- the licence holder's spouse or domestic partner
- the parent or grandparent of the licence holder
- the brother or sister, or half-brother or half-sister of the licence holder
- a child or grandchild of the licence holder
- a child or grandchild of the spouse or domestic partner of the licence holder.