Operating a 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.

Queensland’s major commercial net fisheries are the:

Queensland's commercial net fishery is a multi-species fishery. Fishers target different species at different times of the year.

Fishery symbols

Cancelled symbols

N1, N2, N4 and S symbols are no longer valid from 1 January 2024.

East coast

  • N10: Net fishery (east coast—no. 4)
  • N11: Net fishery (no. 11)
  • N15: Net fishery (management region 5)
  • NX: Net fishery (limited life—management region 2–4)

Ocean beach

  • 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)

Gulf of Carpentaria

  • N3: Net fishery (Gulf of Carpentaria—no. 1)
  • N12: Net fishery (Gulf of Carpentaria—offshore)
  • N11: Net fishery (no. 11)
  • N13: Net fishery (Gulf of Carpentaria—offshore)


Harvest strategies

Working groups

Operating areas

Ocean beach

East coast inshore

Gulf of Carpentaria

N10: Net fishery (east coast—no. 4)

  • Selected foreshore waters in:
    • Moreton Bay region
    • Great Sandy Strait region.


To operate in the fishery, you need a:

Reporting and monitoring

Commercial fishers must:


Permitted fishing equipment varies across fishing symbols and fishing areas:

  • east coast inshore fishery use mainly mesh nets, with seine nets used in ocean beach fisheries
  • Gulf of Carpentaria inshore fishery mainly uses mesh nets.