Pearl oyster fishery

You must have a commercial licence to harvest, transport, hold and sell pearl oysters in the Northern Territory (NT).


There are five licences in the Pearl oyster fishery.

Read more about buying, selling or leasing a commercial licence.

Fishing area

You can operate from the high water mark to the outer boundary of the Australian fishing zone, 200 nautical miles offshore.

Fishing method

You may only take pearl oysters by hand.

Catch limits

A total of 138,000 oysters can be collected each year.

Read more in the pearl oyster culture industry management plan 1998.

Last updated: 10 October 2017

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