Trawl fishery licensing and management areas
Queensland's commercial trawl fisheries are bound by licensing arrangements. You should also be aware of the trawl fishery management areas.
The following licensing arrangements apply to Queensland's commercial trawl fisheries:
- The fisher must have a commercial fisher licence.
- The boat must be licensed under a commercial fishing boat licence (CFBL).
- The boat licence must be officially endorsed for the particular fishery (i.e. marked with the symbol that stands for that fishery).
No new licences or symbols are issued for existing fisheries. To enter a trawl fishery, you must first obtain the correct licence (CFBL), fishery symbols and effort units from an existing licence holder. Licences can be transferred from person to person, and fishery symbols can be transferred from one licence to another licence.
Queensland's trawl fisheries operate in all tidal waters out to the Queensland east coast offshore constitutional settlement boundary between Cape York and the New South Wales border, with the following exceptions:
- areas closed to trawling under fisheries legislation
- areas closed to fishing in Queensland marine parks (administered by the Department of Environment and Science)
- areas closed to fishing under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003, which is administered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
- waters over 300m deep (trawling at such depths is not feasible)
- otter trawl fishing is not permitted in estuaries.
Trawling in the Gulf of Carpentaria is jointly managed by the state and federal governments.