Commercial net fisheries

From 1 September 2021, there are new rules and reporting requirements for Queensland commercial fisheries.

Find fact sheets on the new rules and reporting requirements.

Net fishing is one of Queensland's main forms of commercial fishing, producing approximately 6670t of product valued at about $31.9 million each year.

Commercial fishers use a variety of nets and netting methods to catch fish. The nets and methods used depend on the fishery. Some of the nets used include mesh nets and seine nets.

Queensland has 2 major commercial net fisheries:

  • the Gulf of Carpentaria inshore fin fish fishery
  • the east coast inshore fin fish fishery.

Fisheries Queensland has introduced controls so that certain species may not be fished all year round. The open and closed seasons vary from species to species.

Most of the catch is sold on the domestic market, both in Queensland and interstate. Mullet roe (ocean beach fishery) and shark fin are exported.

This guide gives an overview of Queensland's commercial net fisheries, including management areas, target species, gear used, licensing and regulations.


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