Abalone Fishery Licence: Central, Southern and Western Zone - South Australia

Description

You will need this licence if you intend to undertake commercial fishing for abalone in South Australia.

This licence authorises you to harvest Greenlip and Blacklip Abalone. Abalone can be taken from:

  • the Southern Zone Abalone Fishery
  • the Central Zone Abalone Fishery
  • the Western Zone Abalone Fishery.

No new licences for commercial abalone fishing are being issued. Licences are only available by transfer from an existing licence holder.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the transfer of this licence, you will need to:

  • be at least 15 years of age
  • be a fit and proper person to hold a licence in respect of the abalone fishery
  • if the transferee is a company, each director of the company must be a fit and proper person to be a director of a company that holds a licence in respect of the abalone fishery.

You will need to register all boats you will use for commercial abalone fishing and can only use one registered boat at any one time.

You will need to ensure a registered boat used in commercial abalone fishing is always in the charge of a registered boat master, who is endorsed on the licence. A maximum of three registered masters are allowed to be endorsed on a licence.

An individual catch quota system applies in each of the Central, Southern and Western Zones. Licence holders may transfer their quota entitlements to another licence holder in the same zone, temporarily or permanently.

If a boat registered for use under the abalone licence is also used under a licence or other entitlement to take fish:

  • that entitlement must either be transferred together with the licence or surrendered before transfer, or
  • transfer of the licence separately from the entitlement must not be likely to result in exploitative fishing activities, and the body that granted the entitlement must agree with the separate transfer of the licence.

Duration

Licences are valid for the period of the applicable management plan. The current management plan will cease in 2031, at which point current licences will expire.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Application or annual fees for Central Zone Abalone Fishery:

  • base fee - $15,038.00
  • additional fee for each abalone quota entitlement - $602.00.

Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All

Application or annual fees for Western Zone Abalone Fishery:

  • base fee - $11,831.00
  • additional fee for each abalone entitlement quota - $450.00.

Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All

Application or annual fee for Southern Zone Abalone Fishery:

  • base fee - $16,830.00
  • additional fee for each abalone unit of the abalone quota entitlement - $303.00.

Fees for 2022-23

Transfer process

Apply

Licences are transferable. You may only obtain a licence through purchase and transfer from the licence holder to you.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Fisheries and Aquaculture Division

Contact details

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