Commercial and charter fishing grants
The Queensland Government will provide 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 are 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 aim is 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:
|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 may prioritise applications that address one or more of the following:
- complement Queensland’s monitoring and research priorities
- fill information gaps on priorities identified in fishery harvest strategies
- find out about helping meet fishery Wildlife Trade Operation conditions by selecting the relevant fishery from Queensland-managed fisheries
- address high or medium risk components of ecological risk assessments
- link to the charter fishing industry opportunities plan or charter fishing action plan.
How to apply
Expressions of interest are currently open for 2021–22 grants.
You must apply using the online application form.
Applications close 5pm, Sunday 26 September 2021.
Email email@example.com or call 13 25 23.