What sustainable fisheries mean for you and the environment

Managing our fisheries in a sustainable way ensures fish for the future, supports thousands of Queensland jobs and protects the marine ecosystem.

The community will be able to enjoy fresh Queensland seafood that is sustainably sourced.

Commercial fishers will benefit from:

  • more secure access entitlements
  • a more stable and transparent operating environment through harvest strategies
  • more resilient fish stocks
  • better fisheries data from all sectors
  • increased government investment in new technology to collect data
  • better management of risks to protected species to maintain fishery accreditation under federal legislation
  • more opportunities to be involved in fisheries management through working groups and other engagement activities
  • a defined and transparent process for reallocating access between sectors
  • a decision-making process that is more responsive to changing conditions.

Recreational fishers will benefit from:

  • more resilient fish stocks, allowing for a more satisfying recreational fishing experience and greater opportunities for recreational fishing-based tourism
  • better fisheries data from all sectors and more opportunities to be involved in monitoring programs
  • greater recognition of the value recreational fishing brings to regional communities
  • more opportunities to be involved in fisheries management through working groups and the development of harvest strategies
  • clear harvest strategies for each fishery (including all sectors), which set out the fishery objectives, targets and triggers for management intervention
  • clearer resource allocation arrangements between sectors.

The marine environment will benefit from:

  • moving to best practice fisheries management
  • larger fish stocks that are more resilient to adverse environmental factors (e.g. climate change and habitat degredation)
  • more timely and accurate fisheries data from all sectors to underpin decision-making
  • greater consideration of the environmental impacts of fisheries through regular ecological risk assessments
  • clear harvest strategies for each fishery (including all sectors), which will set out biological and ecological objectives, targets and triggers for management intervention.