Carrier boat licence

About the carrier boat licence

You will need a Queensland carrier boat licence to transport fish (except live reef fish) caught by other commercial fishing boats.

You do not need this licence if your boat operates north of Clump Point (latitude 17º52'S) and is either:

  • a licensed commercial fishing boat
  • registered as a commercial ship under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994.

Some restrictions apply to carrying fish taken under the Fisheries (East Coast Trawl) Management Plan 2010 (PDF, 1MB).

Apply for a new carrier boat licence

To apply for a new carrier boat licence, you must submit a boat licence application to Fisheries Queensland with a written proposal detailing your proposed carrying activities, including:

  • the area you intend to operate in
  • the species you intend to take aboard from other operations
  • which operations' product you intend to take aboard.

Permanent and temporary transfer of a carrier boat licence

To permanently or temporarily transfer an existing licence to another person, you must submit a register transfer of carrier boat licence application to Fisheries Queensland with a written proposal detailing your proposed carrying activities, including:

  • the area you intend to operate in
  • the species you intend to take aboard from other operations
  • which operations' product you intend to take aboard.

If it is to be a temporary transfer, this should be noted on the form. The temporary transfer period should be included (i.e. 'transfer from' date, and 'transfer to' date).

Some restrictions may apply following transfer.

Third-party interests

If there is a third-party interest recorded against a carrier boat licence, their permission to transfer the licence is also needed.

Stamp duty

You may have to pay Queensland stamp duty. Contact the Office of State Revenue for more information.

Contact

General enquiries 13 25 23

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