Primary commercial fishing licence
About the primary commercial fishing licence
A Queensland primary commercial fishing licence allows you to operate a nominated primary boat and its associated tender boats for commercial fishing, in accordance with the fishery symbols appearing on that licence.
Fisheries Queensland does not issue new primary commercial fishing licences; however, you can lease or buy one from an existing licence holder.
Move fishery symbols
You can permanently move fishery symbols between primary commercial fishing licences. However, you cannot temporarily move symbols. The only exception is a licence with an eel (E) fishery symbol, which is not transferable.
Primary and tender boats
Each primary commercial fishing licence is assigned a boat mark (e.g. FABC) by Fisheries Queensland. Each boat in your operation must display this mark in several places at an appropriate size in relation to the boat's length – for more information, refer to the Fisheries (Commercial Fisheries) Regulation 2019.
Tender boats, which are used with a primary boat in certain fisheries, cannot be longer than 10m. You must also give each tender boat in your operation a unique identifier by adding a dash and a number after the boat mark (e.g. FABC-1, FABC-2).
Certain fisheries limit the number of tender boats operating with the primary boat by placing a number in brackets after the fishery symbol on the licence.
Transfer a primary commercial fishing licence
- Both the former owner (transferor) and proposed new owner (transferee) of the licence must register the transfer with Fisheries Queensland.
- If the new owner wants to use a different boat to that recorded on the licence, tick 'transfer of licence only (without boat)' on the register transfer of primary commercial fishing licence application, and submit a primary commercial fishing licence amendment request.
- If quota units are also being transferred, tick ‘quota also being transferred’ on the register transfer of primary commercial fishing licence application, and submit a register transfer of quota or effort unit application.
- Both the owner of the licence and the temporary transferee must register the transfer with Fisheries Queensland by submitting a register temporary transfer of primary commercial fishing licence application.
- If the temporary transferee wants to use a different boat to that recorded on the licence, the owner of the licence must submit a separate primary commercial fishing licence amendment request.
- If quota units are also being temporarily transferred, tick 'quota also being transferred' on the register transfer of primary commercial fishing licence application, and submit a register temporary transfer of quota application.
If there is a third-party interest recorded against a licence, quota units or fishery symbol, their permission to transfer the licence or units or move the symbol is required before the application can be progressed.
Amend a primary commercial fishing licence
If you are replacing the primary boat of your operation, you will need to submit a primary commercial fishing licence amendment request form to have your licence amended. You must wait for Fisheries Queensland to process the request before you can use the new boat.
If there are other details about your licence that you want to change, you must submit an authority amendment request application. Examples of changes include:
- renaming a boat already recorded on your licence
- trading tenders (by decreasing the number of tenders on one licence and increasing, by the same quantity, the tenders on another licence with the relevant fishery symbol)
- adding a fishery symbol to your licence.