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:

CriteriaProject examples
Trialling alternative gears, innovation and industry modernisationTrialling 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 educationPromoting 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:

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.

More information

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