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A Section 37 permit is required for any activity that involves taking or possessing fish or marine vegetation that would otherwise be unlawful under the Fisheries Management Act 1994. This includes activities such as:
Note: This section does not cover permits for Aquaculture or Commercial Activities.
When activities that require a section 37 permit take place in a marine park or an aquatic reserve, they are likely to also require a marine park or aquatic reserve permit issued under the Marine Estate Management Act 2014 and regulations.
Permits are required for many activities in NSW marine parks, including research, education, commercial activities, organised sporting events and any activity that may interfere with habitat. To find out if your proposed activity requires a marine park permit, please contact your local marine park.
An aquatic reserve permit is required for activities that are prohibited by the aquatic reserve notification. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for a permit, please complete an application form below. This must be completed in full and accompanied by:
NSW DPI has a statutory responsibility under Section 5.5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to consider the environmental impacts of an activity before it can be assessed and authorised with a permit. To assess the likely impacts of a proposed activity, NSW DPI requires a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to be completed.
The REF is prepared by the permit applicant and submitted to NSW DPI for review with a completed permit application form. The REF will be used to help NSW DPI make an assessment of the likely environmental impacts of the activity. A REF should be sufficiently detailed to enable NSW DPI to examine and take into account to the fullest possible extent all matters affecting or likely to affect the environment by reason of the proposed activity.
Please complete the REF proforma below (under the Proforma heading) and submit with your application. The REF guidelines provide further information and will assist you in completing the REF.
|Charity fish auction permit application||PDF, 48.6 KB|
|Charity fish out permit application||PDF, 60.0 KB|
|Aquarium collection permit application||PDF, 160.5 KB|
|Aquarium education collection permit application||PDF, 167.8 KB|
|Importation of live fish permit application||PDF, 209.4 KB|
|Marine vegetation collection for commercial purposes - information kit||PDF, 118.6 KB|
|Marine vegetation for commercial purpose permit application||PDF, 80.6 KB|
|Section 37 miscellaneous permit application||PDF, 167.5 KB|
|Pacific oyster possession and sale permit application||PDF, 77.2 KB|
|Scientific collection permit application||PDF, 171.7 KB|
|Stocking permit application||PDF, 163.7 KB|
|Section 37 and Section 216 broodstock collection permit application||PDF, 171.7 KB|
|Broodstock genetic regions for Murray cod, golden perch, silver perch and Australian Bass||PDF, 386.5 KB|
|Taking fish for Aboriginal cultural or ceremonial use permit application||PDF, 79.7 KB|
|7 part test in accordance with Environment Planning Assessment Act||PDF, 72.8 KB|
|REF - Environmental assessment for the purpose of Part 5 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979||PDF, 170.7 KB|
|Guidelines for Environmental Assessment of Fishing Related Activities||PDF, 80.0 KB|
|Broodstock collection permit - Summary of collection activities||PDF, 50.1 KB|
If you need further information on Section 37 permits or an Environmental Assessment, please contact NSW DPI on 02 4982 1232, or email: email@example.com.