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Developmental fisheries

Developmental fishing determines whether a potential new fishery is commercially viable, socially acceptable and ecologically sustainable.

Developmental fishing is generally regarded as:

  • fishing for a species of fish that has been previously unexploited or significantly underutilised
  • fishing for an existing commercial species using apparatus currently not permitted by legislation
  • fishing for an existing commercial species or use of prescribed apparatus (or both) in locations where such activities have not previously occurred
  • combinations of the above.

This guide provides an overview of developmental fisheries in Queensland and the process Fisheries Queensland uses to assess developmental fishery applications.


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