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.