Fishing on Aboriginal land

You don't need a recreational fishing licence in the Northern Territory (NT), but a large portion of the NT's intertidal waters lie over Aboriginal land.

Recreational fishers should respect and recognise the cultural importance to traditional owners of these waters.

Access to waters overlying Aboriginal land

In 2008, the High Court of Australia ruled that permission was needed to enter intertidal waters overlying Aboriginal land.

The intertidal zone is the area that is above water at low tide and underwater at high tide.

A permit waiver has since been in place to provide open access to those areas.

Meanwhile, discussions are continuing around long-term access agreements.

The current permit waiver will remain in place until 31 December 2020.

To find out more, go to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade website.

Find out about fishing in the following regions:

Read more about rules and applying for a permit for fishing on Aboriginal land.

Last updated: 28 September 2020

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