Vessel tracking

The vessel tracking guidelines released in 2018 have been incorporated into fisheries legislation. For all vessel tracking requirements, please refer to the Vessel tracking policyFisheries Act 1994 and Fisheries (General) Regulation 2019.

Vessel tracking will help ensure the sustainability of Queensland’s fisheries. It will allow more informed and responsive management, which will benefit the fisheries resources upon which many commercial operators and regional communities depend.

Vessel tracking units

Commercial fishers required to have vessel tracking on their boats must use an approved unit and comply with the installation and maintenance standard when configuring, installing and maintaining vessel tracking equipment.

Authority holders have until 31 December 2020 to apply for a rebate through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority to help pay for the purchase and installation costs associated with implementing vessel tracking.

Commercial fishery requirements

Commercial fishers with a licence to operate in the following fisheries must have vessel tracking units on their boats:

Fishery symbolFishery
A1, A2 Aquarium fish fishery
B1Sea cucumber (beche-de-mer) fishery
C1 Crab fishery (other than spanner crab)
C2, C3 Crab fishery (spanner crab)
D Coral fishery
J1Trochus (east coast)
K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, K6, K7, K8 Net fishery (ocean beach)
L1, L2, L3, L4, L8 Line fishery
M1 Moreton Bay trawl fishery
M2 Moreton Bay trawl fishery
N1, N2, N3, N4, N10, N11, N12, N13 Net fishery
R Crayfish and rock lobster fishery
T1, T2 Trawl fishery
T4 Trawl fishery (fin fish)
T5, T6, T7, T8, T9 Trawl fishery (river and inshore)

Vessel tracking is not required in the following fisheries:

Fishery symbolRequirement
P Pearl fishery
E Eel fishery (adults)
F Shell fishery
G Shell grit fishery
H Star sand fishery
JE Juvenile eel fishery
O Oyster fishery
W1 Worm fishery (beachworm)
W2 Worm fishery (bloodworm)
Y Yabby fishery

More information

For all vessel tracking enquiries, call 13 25 23 or email