Ocean beach net fishery

Structural adjustment payments: Stage 1 extended

Eligible commercial licence holders affected by the phase-out of gillnets on the Great Barrier Reef or the Great Sandy Marine Park rezoning can now apply for structural adjustment payments.

Closing dates have been extended so commercial licence holders have more time to get independent advice and submit their applications.

Fishery symbols

Cancelled symbols

N1, N2, N4 and S symbols are no longer valid from 1 January 2024.

  • K1: Net fishery (ocean beach area 1)
  • K2: Net fishery (ocean beach area 2)
  • K3: Net fishery (ocean beach area 3)
  • K4: Net fishery (ocean beach area 4)
  • K5: Net fishery (ocean beach area 5)
  • K6: Net fishery (ocean beach area 6)
  • K7: Net fishery (ocean beach area 7)
  • K8: Net fishery (ocean beach area 8)


Operating areas

Quota or effort units

The fishery is managed through the east coast inshore fishery.


To operate in the fishery, you need a:

There is a requirement for at least 2, but no more than 4 assistant fishers.

Reporting and monitoring

Commercial fishers must:

Read the reporting requirements for more detail.


  • Fish may only be taken from 1 April to 31 August.


Fish may be taken only by using seine nets that are:

  • no longer than 500m
  • mesh size of at least 12mm but no more than 70mm
  • drop of at least 150 meshes for at least half of its length.