Australian Fisheries Management
The Australian Government ensures Commonwealth fisheries are
managed sustainably for the benefit of all Australians.
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is responsible for the day-to-day management and compliance of Commonwealth fisheries.
Learn more about fisheries management at AFMA.
State and Territory Fisheries
Australian Capital Territory
Conservation Research (CR) within the Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) manages fish stocks in the ACT for the ACT Government.
Learn more about fisheries management in the ACT.
New South Wales
The Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries NSW manages Commercial, Recreational, and Aboriginal fishing activities and Aquaculture in NSW. The NSW DPI also has a role in the management of fisheries habitat, protection of threatened and protected species, and managing the movement and impacts of pests and diseases.
Learn more about the Fisheries NSW management.
AFMA is involved in the management of several Northern Territory fisheries via joint authority arrangements. In the Northern Territory, Aboriginal people use customary management practices to ensure the sustainability of their resources.
Learn more about joint arrangements between AFMA and NT.
Learn more about customary fisheries management in the NT.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Queensland (DAF) manages Commercial, Recreational, and Aquaculture in Queensland. The DAF also has a role in the management of fisheries habitat, protection of threatened and protected species, and managing the movement and impacts of pests and diseases.
Learn more about fisheries management in Queensland.
Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) is the government agency responsible for the ecologically sustainable development of South Australia’s aquatic resources. This includes the management of commercial, recreational and customary fishing and aquaculture in South Australia.
Learn more about fisheries management in South Australia.
Sustainable fisheries management of Tasmania’s commercial, aquaculture and recreational fisheries is the responsibility of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).
Learn more about fisheries commercial management in Tasmania.
Learn more about sustainable fisheries management in Tasmania.
Fisheries Victoria manages the State’s fisheries resources by developing and implementing policies and projects and delivering a wide range of services.
The Fisheries Management and Science Branch, within Fisheries Victoria, provides scientific information and advice which is critical to the sustainable management of aquatic resources.
The Victorian Government is committed to delivering a plan of increasing recreational fishing effort (to one million participants by 2020) and phasing out commercial net fishing in Port Phillip and Corio Bays.
Learn more about fisheries management in Victoria.
Sustainable fisheries management in Western Australia is the responsibility of the Department of Fisheries, this includes, commercial, customary and recreational fisheries and aquaculture. Western Australia fisheries are managed through a series of legislated plans, regulations, orders and licence conditions.
Learn more about fisheries and management in Western Australia.