Current state and trends

Information about fish stock trends is variable between species. The commercial catch of some species has gone down over recent years and physical habitats are generally well protected by Zoning Plans.

The amount of fisheries product taken from different areas in the Great Barrier Reef varies for each of the major commercial fisheries. Net and pot fisheries are generally undertaken close to the coast whereas trawling and line fishing extend further offshore.

Global fisheries trends influence those of the Great Barrier Reef. As wild-caught fisheries throughout the world continue to be exploited, the economic value of Reef fisheries resources and the pressure to exploit them increases.