Commercial fishing


  • New commercial fishing rules and reporting requirements apply from 1 September 2021.
  • Scallop fishery closed. The Southern Inshore and Southern Offshore trawl regions are closed to taking scallops. The scallop effort cap in the Southern Inshore trawl region has been reached. Commercial fishers cannot take scallops in the Southern Inshore or Southern Offshore trawl regions from midday 4 April 2021, until after the winter spawning closure ends on 20 November 2021.
  • The southern trawl regulated waters effort is restricted to 24 trawl fishing days per month for May, June, and July 2021. The trawl effort units used in the southern trawl regulated waters have reached the trigger.
  • East coast black jewfish fishery CLOSED. The annual catch limit for the east coast has been reached. Black jewfish is a no-take species on the east coast for all fishers for the rest of the 2021 calendar year.

Commercial fishing makes a significant contribution to regional jobs and the state economy. Fisheries Queensland supports sustainable commercial fishing in Queensland.