Commercial and charter fishing grants

The Queensland Government has provided up to $250,000 to support projects and programs that encourage or promote behaviour change, industry modernisation, best practice, and innovation in the commercial and charter fishing sectors.

The Queensland Commercial and Charter Fishing Grants Program aims to support and fund projects and programs that mitigate ecological risks and promote sustainable fishing practices to support research and best practice management.

The Guideline on Queensland’s Commercial and Charter Fishing Grants Program outlines the evaluation criteria, how the program operates and how funding is allocated.

Eligibility and types of projects funded

The grants were open to licensed commercial fishers, charter fishers, industry groups, peak bodies, universities, councils, statutory bodies, government agencies, and incorporated bodies and associations in Queensland.

The grants aim to deliver new or improved industry modernisation, research and innovation by introducing behaviour change, ecological risk management and best practice management that meet at least one of the following criteria:

CriteriaProject examples
Trialling alternative gears, innovation and industry modernisation Trialling new bycatch reduction devices (BRD’s), developing and testing new fishing gear for improved efficiency, trialling of cameras or e-monitoring, researching methods to reduce predation by sharks
Responsible and sustainable fishing practices and education Promoting responsible fishing practices, developing and implementing best management practice (BMP), developing training program or videos for industry
Promotion and industry-lead campaigns

Promoting Queensland sustainable seafood, commercial fisher mental well-being

In addition to meeting the broad criteria outlined above, the Queensland Government prioritised applications that address one or more of the following:

Commercial and charter grant outcomes

Applications for the commercial and charter grants closed at 5pm, Sunday 26 September 2021 and the applicants were notified in February 2022 of their application being successful or unsuccessful.

The successful projects are listed below.

Project categoryProjectOrganisationYear
Responsible and sustainable fishing practices and education Queensland Master Fisherman Program (Stage1) Demonstrating responsible net fishing in Qld. OceanWatch Australia Ltd 2021/22
Responsible and sustainable fishing practices and education Biomass estimates for Trachyphyllia geoffroyi and other co-occurring species of heavily harvested aquarium corals. James Cook University 2021/22
Trialling alternative gears, innovation and industry modernisation Research effectiveness of electronic shark deterrents on reducing shark depredation. Dragon Lady Fishing Tours 2021/22

External funding opportunities in Queensland and across Australia

Several funding opportunities and services exist in Queensland and across Australia which may be suitable for establishing aquaculture facilities, including:

More information

Email fisheriesgrants@daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.