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Fisheries habitats

Fish habitats support the state's fisheries. Marine and freshwater fish habitats are protected and impacts of development are managed by considering any threats to declared Fish Habitat Areas, marine plants or to fish passage.

Fisheries Development

Development applications required for impacts to fisheries habitats are now managed by the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) at the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. Fisheries Queensland within the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries provide SARA with technical advice on applications involving aquaculture, the removal, destruction or damage of a marine plant and constructing or raising waterway barrier works.

Fisheries Queensland currently assesses proposals in declared Fish Habitat Areas on behalf of the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (DNPSR). Information regarding FHA boundaries and management is available from the DNPSR website.

Accepted development requirements

From 3 July 2017, accepted development requirements may be used for some development involving aquaculture; removal, destruction or damage of a marine plant; work within a declared Fish Habitat Area or constructing or raising waterway barrier works.

Resource Allocation Authorities

Required for works such as tidal aquaculture and assessable development within a declared Fish Habitat Area.

SDAP Guidelines

Guidance on how to respond to fisheries related State Development Assessment Provisions when preparing a development application under the Planning Act 2016.

Self-assessable codes

Prior to 3 July 2017, self-assessable codes were available to be used for some development involving aquaculture and, disturbance to fish habitats. Development commenced or notified under these codes prior to 3 July 2017 must continue to comply with these codes.

Policies, guidelines and fact sheets

Policies, guidelines and fact sheets for the management of fish habitats.

Fisheries Habitats

Marine plants including mangroves

Marine plants are fisheries resources and are protected due to their importance for fisheries productivity.

Education resources

Education resources promoting information about the importance of marine plants and fish habitats for fisheries productivity.

Freshwater wetlands

The value of freshwater wetlands for fisheries

Research and scholarships

Information about research into management of fish habitats in Queensland.

Instream structures and fish passage

Queensland's freshwater fish habitat structures and fish passages, including waterway barriers.

Further information