East coast inshore fishery working group

This working group provides operational advice on the management of fishing of the east coast inshore fin fish fishery.

Queensland’s east coast inshore fin fish fishery is a multi-species, multi-gear fishery that covers all tidal waters from the tip of Cape York to the New South Wales border. The fishery spans 5300 km of coastline, around 75 major river systems and numerous smaller waterways. Despite the fishery name, a component of the fishery occurs in offshore waters where shark and grey mackerel are targeted. Most of the catch is harvested using a variety of different netting methods (e.g. tunnel, mesh, seine); however, many species are also taken by commercial line fishers. Many target species are also taken by recreational fishers, so there is significant competition for access to fisheries resources.