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Sardine Fishery Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence to undertake commercial sardine fishing. The area of the fishery includes all South Australian waters out to the 200 nautical mile Australian Exclusive Economic Zone. Licences are transferable and no new licences are available for issue.

Licence holders are authorised to take the following aquatic resources from the specified zones:

  • Australian Anchovy
  • Marat
  • Australian Sardine
  • Blue Sprat
  • Sandy Sprat.

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.

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, you must:

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


Fishery licences are issued for the term of the management plan. The current management plan expires in September 2023.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $5940.00

Base fee. Fees for 2023-24

Transfer Transfer All $172.00

Application to Transfer a Sardine Quota. Fees for 2023-24

Transfer Transfer All $514.00

Application to transfer a sardine fishery Licence. Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $48.50

Additional fee for each sardine unit of quota entitlement under the licence. Fees for 2023-24

Transfer process


This licence is transferrable

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.