The Australian Government manages commercial fisheries within the Australian Fishing Zone (which generally extends from three to 200 nautical miles off the coast), as well as the activities of Australian-flagged fishing vessels operating on the high seas.
Commonwealth Fisheries cover a large spectrum of Australia's exclusive economic zone—generally outside three nautical miles—from the northern tropics to the southern ocean and antarctic fisheries.
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is responsible for the efficient management and sustainable use of Commonwealth Fisheries.
New South Wales
State Governments have the responsibility of administering Australia's fisheries generally within three nautical miles from the coast line.
The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries provides information on recreational and commercial fishing, aquaculture and habitat and species protection.
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries manages the sustainability and allocation of fisheries resources for all Queenslanders. Fisheries ensures fisheries remain sustainable and productive by monitoring, determining and controlling access and development as needed; providing education and enforced fishing regulations to promote equitable access to fisheries resources.
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is the government agency responsible for the ecologically sustainable development of South Australia’s aquatic resources.
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture division enables the sustainable development of South Australia’s aquatic resources and the balanced growth of our fisheries and aquaculture industries. PIRSA manages South Australia's fish stocks in partnership with industry and the community.
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (Tasmania) manages recreational and commercial sea fisheries with a strong focus on promoting sustainable fisheries practices.
The Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development primary responsibility is to conserve, sustainably develop and share the use of Western Australia’s aquatic resources and their ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations.
Specific reports looking at different groupings
JurisdictionReports for each state or territory jurisdiction.
MolluscsMolluscs are invertebrate animals that includes the clams, calamari, squid, octopi and snails.
CrustaceansCrustaceans are a group of animals that include crabs, shrimps, prawns, lobsters and crayfish.
SharksSharks are a subgroup of cartilaginous fishes; usually large, fast swimming, fish-shaped predators.
FinfishFinfish are a vertebrate animals that have gills and live in water.