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Fisheries reform

A priority of the Queensland Government’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy is to develop harvest strategies for these fisheries to ensure they are being managed to best practice standards, giving industry and the community certainty about their future.

In keeping with Queensland Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2027, the government has developed discussion papers that are the first step in reforming our trawl, east coast inshore and crab fisheries. At the same time, a management review discussion paper has been released for the coral reef line fishery that is also developing a harvest strategy.

The proposed reforms include things like splitting the management of some fisheries into regions, introducing quotas or limits on fishing days, improving fishing gear technology, reviewing fish size and possession limits and having temporary and flexible closures for fishing.

The discussion papers have been developed with input from Queensland’s new fishery working groups which include stakeholders from commercial, recreational and charter fishing, conservationists and seafood marketers.

Public feedback will then be provided to the fishery working groups to provide advice on preferred reforms for review by the Sustainable Fisheries Expert Panel.

There will also be other opportunities for you to provide input over the next 12 months, including:

  • April/May 2018: discussion paper on proposed changes to modernise the Fisheries Act to provide for more responsive decision making and address issues like black marketing
  • In late 2018: consultation on draft harvest strategies which will set out the predetermined management actions for a defined species necessary to achieve the agreed ecological, economic and/or social objectives
  • In early 2019: consultation on proposed changes to the Fisheries Regulation to implement the proposed reforms that have been developed in consultation with stakeholders and reflect the new approach using harvest strategies.

The strategy clearly outlines that reform of our fisheries is necessary to have a world-class fisheries management system.

Discussion papers and online surveys

The Queensland Government is eager to hear what you think of the proposed reforms and management review.

Discussion papers outlining the proposed changes were released for public consultation in April/May 2018.

Download the discussion papers.

Please note that public consultation closed on 20 May 2018.