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Queensland's commercial fisheries

Scallop closures in the Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery

From 3 January 2017 until further notice, all six scallop replenishment areas (SRAs) located off Yeppoon, Bustard Head and Hervey Bay are closed to all scallop fishing. A winter closure also applies each year – fishers cannot take or be in possession of scallops in the Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery between 1 May and 31 October each year. These measures have been put in place to prevent further decline to the stock. Find out more.

Queensland's commercial fisheries are a significant contributor to the national and state economies. The 1500 licensed commercial fishing boats contribute more than 10% of the nation´s seafood production in both quantity and value, in addition to the other valuable fish products such as bait  and aquarium fish harvested under commercial harvest fishery licences.

One of the most geographically diverse primary industries in Queensland, the commercial fishing industry is often vital to the economy of coastal towns, especially in more remote areas.

Commercial fisheries are often categorised according to the species they sell and the fishing gear they use.

Last updated 16 December 2016