Commercial fisheries logbooks

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Different logbooks and reporting requirements exist for the various fisheries managed by Fisheries Queensland, reflecting the unique characteristics of each fishery. Compared to the two logbooks first issued in the 1980s - Otter Trawl and Mixed (which included beam trawling, line fishing, net and pot fishing in the same logbook) - we have come a long way. Today Qfish represents one of the most comprehensive fisheries information systems in Australia. It continues to expand and improve thanks to the cooperation of fishers, researchers, managers and logbook section staff.

Species of conservation interest reporting

Since 2005 commercial fishers have been required to complete an additional Species of Conservation Interest (SOCI) logbook in which interactions with SOCI are recorded. The ability to report on a fleetwide basis will greatly assist Fisheries Queensland in its efforts to comply with Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) requirements for the ecological sustainability of Queensland's fisheries.

Queensland commercial fishing logbooks

If you are a commercial fisher or charter fisher operating in Queensland's state-managed fisheries, you are required by law to complete daily logbooks. Commercial fishing logbooks are used to record:

  • retained catch
  • in certain logbooks, discarded catch
  • time spent fishing
  • location where catch was taken
  • fishing equipment used

You can download examples of the information recorded in logbooks for each fishery from the Queensland Government's business and industry portal.

To assist fishers with accurately identifying and reporting species, Fisheries Queensland has produced a Deepwater Fish Field Guide . The guide is for use with the Queensland Reef Line Multi-Hook Fin Fish Fishery Logbook for commercial fishers operating within the L8 fishery.


Last updated 17 June 2014