Charter fishing

Fisheries Queensland recognises charter fishing as a distinct fishing activity with social and economic benefits. Charter fishing is a tourism-based sector operating throughout the state, promoted as one of Queensland’s ‘things to do’.

Charter fishing operators take paying passengers on fishing trips, including:

  • spear fishing
  • game fishing
  • tag-and-release fishing
  • demersal (bottom) reef fishing
  • guided fishing.

All charter operations in offshore waters are required to be licenced under the fisheries legislation.