The Commercial Fisheries Administration Guide is currently being updated. Please call Commercial Fisheries Customer Service on 1300 720 662, if you have any queries.
From 18 November 2022 new commercial fishing licensing arrangements are in place, including longer-term commercial fishing licences, the removal of commercial fishing boat licences and new maximum boat lengths for some fisheries. See fact sheets for more information:
FisherDirect account holders have the option to renew their licences online. Online account holders will see their licence renewals as pending transactions on the home screen and can simply follow links to complete transactions.
Fishers choosing to renew their licences entirely online, including payment, have the benefit of immediate renewal. Plastic licence cards will be issued once renewal is completed, unless digital authorities are held. Digital authority holders have immediate access to their renewed commercial fishing licence via the FisherMobile app.
If you want to renew online you can apply for a FisherDirect account by downloading the form from the FishOnline website.
For information about digital authorities, visit the FishOnline website.
The ability to pay for licences by instalments is not available due to the introduction of the online renewal process. All licence renewal fees must be paid in full at the time of renewal.
The snapshot date for 2023/24 Management fees will be held as at 11 August 2023 at 9.00am.
Before submitting an application form, please refer to the "Schedule of Commercial Fishing Fees and Charges" (see below) to determine the appropriate application fee. Note that the costs of specific licensing and quota management services are recovered through transaction fees. The fees are adjusted annually in line with the Consumer Price index (CPI).
Persons wishing to transfer and/or acquire fishing businesses, shares or components of a fishing business should complete the form titled "Application for Approval of Transfer of Components of a Fishing Business" Applicants should be aware that there are specific rules relating to the transfer of shares, endorsements and components of fishing businesses. Applicants should ensure they are familiar with these transfer rules prior to submitting an application. The rules are detailed under Part 10 Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2019.
For any other queries regarding these rules please contact DPI on 1300 720 662 or seek your own independent legal advice.
If your application relates to a deceased estate, please contact NSW DPI on the above number prior to submitting your application as additional information may be required.
Important Notice: Please be advised that you should not make any financial commitments in relation to the trading of shares or other fishing business components until the application has been approved by NSW DPI and you have been formally notified of the approval.
For further information on the rules applying to a fishery refer to the DPI commercial fishing webpages at:
You should also consider any legislative requirements under other Acts administered by other state and federal agencies (refer to relevant legislation at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au).
Commercial Fisheries Customer Services
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|Application to register or renew your registration as a NSW Fish Receiver. Form.pdf||PDF, 175.8 KB|
|Application for Eastern Rock Lobster tags.pdf||PDF, 46.1 KB|
|Application Form - Approved Premises ||PDF, 70.5 KB|
|Form 2: Application for a Commercial Fishing Licence||PDF, 146.1 KB|
|Form 4: Application to Nominate and Revoke Nominations||PDF, 137.9 KB|
|Form 6: Application to Revoke Nomination||PDF, 142.9 KB|
|Form 7: Application for Replacement Fishing Authority||PDF, 121.1 KB|
|Form 8: Application for Approval of Transfer of Components of a Fishing Business||PDF, 268.7 KB|
|Form 10: Application to Register, Release or Discharge a Mortgage/Interest over Shares||PDF, 143.6 KB|
|Form 12 - Nomination of boat for Ocean Trawl Prawning effort quota incl ....pdf||PDF, 129.8 KB|
|Form 15: Application for Transfer of Quota||PDF, 224.3 KB|
|Form 22: Marine Vegetation Collection for Commercial Purposes Permit Application
|Form 24: Application for an Authority to take fish for Aboriginal cultural fishing purposes||PDF, 153.8 KB|
|Form CB2 - Application to transfer a NSW charter fishing business||PDF, 116.6 KB|
|Business Efficiency Program update and licensing changes – January 2022||PDF, 662.4 KB|
|Policy Number TI-O-130: Debt management - Commercial fisheries quota transfer restrictions
|Commercial Fisheries Threatened and Protected Species Interaction Reporting Form||PDF, 70.8 KB|
|Additional endorsement/licence conditions register||PDF, 61.1 KB|
|Schedule of Commercial Fishing Fees and Charges||PDF, 108.1 KB|
|Marine Vegetation Collection for Commercial Purposes - Information Kit
|List of boats exempt from the maximum boat length that applies to a fishery (or fishing activity).||PDF, 107.5 KB|
|Fisheries Management Act 1994
|Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2019
|Fisheries Management (Supporting Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Ocean Trawl Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Ocean Trap and Line Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Estuary General Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Estuary Prawn Trawl Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Ocean Haul Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Lobster Share Management Plan) Regulation 2000
|Fisheries Management (Abalone Share Management Plan) Regulation 2000
|Summary of current & upcoming boat licensing NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery (including Southern Fish Trawl).pdf||PDF, 656.8 KB|