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 fisheries legislation.