Commercial fishing industry

We recognise that fishing on the Great Barrier Reef is an important pastime and a source of income for Queensland coastal communities and the Queensland seafood industry. Viable commercial and charter fishing industries depend on a healthy ecosystem. just as Queenslanders rely on a healthy reef ecosystem for recreation and as a source of local seafood. Traditional Owners are also keen to ensure this culturally important resource remains healthy.

We work collaboratively with others including Fisheries Queensland, the Department of the Environment, and commercial and recreational fishers to continuously improve fishing gear and methods. While fisheries management continues to improve, a small number of risks remain which are being progressively addressed.

Recognising the shared goals of marine managers and commercial fishers, we formed a partnership with the Queensland Seafood Industry Association to work with fisheries managers to ensure a sustainable future for the Great Barrier Reef.

The activities undertaken as part of this partnership have included:

  • Climate Change Liaison Officer: The Queensland Seafood Industry Association appointed a liaison officer to drive fisheries and climate change related projects established under the partnership. The role provides a point of contact for commercial fishers on all matters relating to climate change/
  • Fisheries Emissions Calculator: The emissions calculator is an online tool that allows for more energy efficient and cheaper operations for fishers. By measuring levels of energy use over the last few years, fishers can identify areas that require attention.
  • Workshops for commercial fishers: A series of workshops provided advice, guidance and information regarding climate change related adaptation opportunities and carbon emission reduction methods.
In addition to this work, we work with commercial fishers through the Reef Guardian Fishers Program.
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