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Conducting fishing competitions

You do not need a permit to conduct a fishing competition in Queensland.

However, you will have to check whether you need an approval from:

  • the local council
  • SunWater or the regional water board responsible for the waters where you intend to hold your competition.

If you are planning on holding a competition in stocked waters you should contact the fish stocking group concerned.

Many competitions rely on these groups to maintain fish populations and promote fishing, so it is in your interest as well as theirs to cooperate with them. In the past, many competition organisers have donated proceeds to fish-stocking activities, which help maintain the fish populations, and this in turn attracts the recreational fishers that competitions rely on.

Competition participants will need a Stocked Impoundment Permit if fishing in a dam or weir on the permit scheme.

You should run your competition in accordance with responsible environmental and social principles. Some competition organisers have developed codes of conduct to minimise the impact of the competition on the area where it is held.

Cultural heritage

You need to ensure that your activities will not break any laws.

Indigenous heritage is protected under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003. You must take all reasonable and practicable measures to ensure the activity does not harm Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.

To ensure that you are complying with the cultural heritage duty of care, you should assess your proposed competition against the duty-of-care guidelines. This will help you determine whether, or to what extent, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage may be harmed by your activity.

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Multicultural Affairs has more information on cultural heritage duty of care guidelines.

Noxious fish competitions

You should be aware of the laws relating to noxious fish. Noxious fish cannot be kept, hatched, reared or sold. Fines of up to $200,000 can be imposed on anyone having noxious fish in their possession without a permit.

When caught, all noxious fish should be destroyed; they must not be returned to the water and must not be used as bait, live or dead. Anyone releasing noxious fish may be charged with the cost of eradication and removal of the fish.

For more information about pest fish.