Seafood Harvesting Licence - Victoria


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). An aquaculture licence is required where all products are harvested from one location. There are three categories of aquaculture licences:

  • abalone
  • 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 three categories wildcatch licence:

  • crustaceans (excluding rock lobster)
  • general - all species except abalone, crusaceans and noxious fish
  • noxious fish permit.

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.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Operations for a wildcatch or aquaculture business cannot commence until a licence has been issued by PrimeSafe. To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • ensure that the facility complies with the construction requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code prior to submitting an application
  • submit your application to the authority including details of your operation
  • submit other documentation that may be required (including a food safety plan)
  • pay the prescribed fees.

All vehicles used for the conveyance and transportation of seafood for human consumption are required to be licensed (except for the transportation of live seafood which must be covered under the food safety plan for the licensed seafood business).

You may also be required to hold a valid fishery or aquaculture licence.



Up to three years


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees range between $156 and $466 based on annual throughput. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All

Fees range between $311 and $931 based on annual throughput. Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Seafood Safety Act 2003 Victoria

Lodgement process


Lodge your application and accompanying documentation directly with the agency. Following receipt of the application, a PrimeSafe licensing manager will contact you to make arrangements to inspect the facility, before approval can be granted.

Approval time

Allow 10 days for your application to be processed.

Additional information

You are not required to have this licence if you intend to harvest and handle live abalone and live rock lobster.

Administering agency


Contact details

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

Supporting information