Pearling and Hatchery Licences - Western Australia


You will need a pearling licence or permit, including a farm lease, if you intend to undertake pearling. Pearling refers to various activities relating to commercial or scientific pearl oyster harvesting.

Pearling activities include:

  • taking
  • removing
  • dumping
  • holding
  • storing
  • transporting pearl oysters
  • practising pearl culture techniques.

Pearl oyster fisheries have been declared as limited entry fisheries. This means no new licences are being issued and minimum quotas can only be purchased from existing pearl farmers. There are 14 licences in circulation.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $406.00

Annual hatchery licence or permit fee. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $406.00

Annual pearling licence or permit fee. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Miscellaneous All $2283.00

Annual farm lease, per square nautical mile. Fees for 2023-24

General Application All -

Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Act(s) name

Pearling Act 1990 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Pearling (General) Regulations 1991 Western Australia

Approval time

Approximately 3 to 4 months

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development


Contact details

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