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.
The Charter Fishing Action Plan 2018-2021 aims to grow tourism and jobs through a world-class charter fishing industry.
Results of the public consultation on the draft charter fishing action plan discussion paper
How to apply for, or transfer, a charter fishing licence
Find out about logbook requirements for charter fishing operators