You will require this licence if you intend to operate a business that harvests (catches) seafood for human consumption. There are two types of seafood harvesting licences:
- wildcatch licences
- aquaculture licences.
An aquaculture licence is required for seafood businesses that grow and harvest seafood (usually under the authority of an aquaculture licence). There are three categories of aquaculture licences:
- blue mussels and other shell fish
- fin fish (including trout and yabbies).
A wildcatch licence is required by businesses that harvest wild seafood under a Victorian or Commonwealth fisheries licence. There are four categories of wildcatch licences:
- noxious fish
- general (all species except abalone, crustaceans and noxious fish).
Under a seafood harvesting licence, processing of the seafood is only permitted to the extent that it is required to preserve and maintain the seafood in a condition fit for sale. Selling harvested seafood from a vessel at the point of unloading is also permitted.
If you conduct, or intend to conduct, a seafood business in relation to the sale of live yabbies, you may apply for an exemption from licensing. To apply for this exemption, you must:
- sell live yabbies from the location of your business or place of production
- not use a vehicle in the sale of live yabbies
- hold the appropriate fisheries permit.