Queensland's fisheries are regulated by the following pieces of legislation:
- Fisheries Act 1994
- Fisheries (General) Regulation 2019
- Fisheries (Commercial Fisheries) Regulation 2019
- Fisheries Declaration 2019
- Fisheries Quota Declaration 2019
The Fisheries Act 1994 sets out Fisheries Queensland's responsibilities for the economically viable, socially acceptable and ecologically sustainable development of Queensland's fisheries resources.
The Fisheries (General) Regulation 2019 outlines general regulatory requirements relevant to the management and use of Queensland's fisheries resources. Section 3 provides useful advice on how to read and understand the regulations and declarations.
The Fisheries (Commercial Fisheries) Regulation 2019 outlines the regulatory requirements that apply to Queensland’s commercial fisheries, including how activities are to be carried out.
The Fisheries Declaration 2019 outlines restrictions on particular fishing activities across all sectors. Schedule 1 outlines regulated waters that apply in Queensland. Schedule 2 outlines the regulated fish declarations (size, possession and form requirements etc.) that apply to commercial and recreational fishers in Queensland.
The Fisheries (Quota) Declaration 2019 outlines the quota entitlements for particular commercial fisheries, including the commercial catch limits.
Recent management and regulatory changes
- Changes to fishing rules in Queensland: September 2019 (PDF, 413.4KB)
- Why recreational fishing rules have changed (PDF, 1.5MB)
- Why commercial rules have changed (PDF, 1.5MB)
- Changes to Queensland’s fisheries legislation
- Management changes to protect black jewfish
- Moreton Bay gastropod and bivalve molluscs closure