Fisheries symbols

Commercial fishing boat fishery symbols

The fishery symbols below will appear on a commercial fishing boat licence to show that the boat is authorised to operate in the named fishery or fisheries.

Those marked ^ have restrictions on how many tender boats can operate with the primary boat in that fishery. The number will appear in brackets after that fishery symbol on the licence. In other words, if 'L1 (2)' is written on the licence, the primary boat and 2 tender boats can operate in the L1 fishery.

Before obtaining an authority that records one or more of the below fishery symbols, please consider the investment and increased effort warnings. You can inspect the register of authorities to obtain a list of authorities that record one or more symbols you are interested in.

SymbolDescription of symbolMaps of fishery areas (PDF)
C1Crab fishery (other than spanner crab)Area of the C1 crab fishery (PDF, 402KB)
C2Crab fishery (spanner crab - managed area A)Area of the C2 crab fishery (PDF, 170KB)
C3Crab fishery (spanner crab - managed area B)Area of the C3 crab fishery (PDF, 167KB)
K1Net fishery (ocean beach - area 1)Area of the K1 net fishery (PDF, 125KB)
K2Net fishery (ocean beach - area 2)Area of the K2 net fishery (PDF, 130KB)
K3Net fishery (ocean beach - area 3)Area of the K3 net fishery (PDF, 118KB)
K4Net fishery (ocean beach - area 4)Area of the K4 net fishery (PDF, 92KB)
K5Net fishery (ocean beach - area 5)Area of the K5 net fishery (PDF, 101KB)
K6Net fishery (ocean beach - area 6)Area of the K6 net fishery (PDF, 77KB)
K7Net fishery (ocean beach - area 7)Area of the K7 net fishery (PDF, 130KB)
K8Net fishery (ocean beach - area 8)Area of the K8 net fishery (PDF, 308KB)
L1 ^Line fishery (other than Great Barrier Reef region)Area of the L1 line fishery (PDF, 659KB)
L2 ^ and L3 ^Line fishery (reef)Area of the L2 & L3 line fishery (PDF, 659KB)
L4 ^Line fishery (Queensland Fisheries Joint Authority no. 1)Area of the L4 line fishery (PDF, 777KB)
L8Line fishery (multiple hook - east coast)Area of the L8 line fishery (PDF, 447KB)
M1 and M2Moreton Bay trawlArea of the M1 & M2 Moreton Bay trawl fishery (PDF, 347KB)
N1Net fishery (east coast - no. 1)Area of the N1 net fishery (PDF, 774KB)
N2Net fishery (east coast - no. 3)Area of the N2 net fishery (PDF, 748KB)
N3Net fishery (Gulf of Carpentaria - no. 1)Area of the N3 GoC net fishery (PDF, 428KB)
N4Net fishery (east coast net - no. 3)Area of the N4 fishery (PDF, 775KB)
N10Net fishery (east coast - no. 4)Map not available:
Selected foreshore waters in Moreton Bay region (see subsections (a) and (b) of Section 524, Fisheries Regulation 2008) and in Great Sandy Strait region (see subsections (c) and (d) of Section 524, Fisheries Regulation 2008)
Note: the N10 fishery also allows use of N1 gear in the N1 fishery area (see the N1 fishery map)
N11Net fishery (no. 11)
Net fishery (Gulf of Carpentaria - no. 11)
Area of the N11 net fishery (PDF, 782KB)
Area of the N11 GoC net fishery (PDF, 124KB)
N12Net fishery (Gulf of Carpentaria - offshore)Area of the N12 net fishery (PDF, 449KB)
N13Net fishery (Gulf of Carpentaria - offshore)Area of the N13 net fishery (PDF, 396KB)
PPearl fisheryArea of the P pearl fishery (PDF, 406KB)
R ^Crayfish and rock lobster fisheryArea of the R crayfish and rock lobster fishery (PDF, 180KB)
RQ ^Coral reef fin fish fisheryThe RQ symbol can be used only in the area defined for the east coast line fishery symbol(s) appearing on the same licence
SShark and ray fisheryThe S symbol can be used only in the area defined for the east coast line and east coast net fishery symbol(s) appearing on the same licence.
SM ^Spanish mackerel fisheryThe SM symbol can be used only in the area defined for the east coast line fishery symbol(s) appearing on the same licence
T1Trawl fisheryArea of the T1 trawl fishery (PDF, 169KB)
T2Trawl fisheryArea of the T2 trawl fishery (PDF, 362KB)
T4Trawl fishery (fin fish)Area of the T4 trawl fishery (PDF, 323KB)
T5Trawl fishery (river and inshore - area 1)Area of the T5 trawl fishery (PDF, 173KB)
T6Trawl fishery (river and inshore - area 2)Area of the T6 trawl fishery (PDF, 408KB)
T7Trawl fishery (river and inshore - area 3)Area of the T7 trawl fishery (PDF, 351KB)
T8Trawl Fishery (river and inshore - area 4)Area of the T8 trawl fishery (PDF, 395KB)
T9Trawl fishery (river and inshore - area 5)Area of the T9 trawl fishery (PDF, 440KB)

Commercial harvest fishery symbols

The following fishery symbols will appear on a commercial harvest fishery licence to show that the licence holder is authorised to operate in the named fishery. These fishery symbols can also appear on a commercial fishing boat licence.

Most harvest fishery symbols are subject to licence conditions that specify an area within the fishery (in other words, a small subsection of the area depicted by the maps below) where that licence can be used. The conditions of licences can be viewed by searching FishNet Public.

SymbolDescription of symbolMaps of fishery areas (PDF)
A1Aquarium fish fishery (A1)Area of the A1 aquarium fishery (PDF, 414KB)
A2Aquarium fish fishery (A2)Area of the A2 aquarium fishery (PDF, 414KB)
B1Beche-de-mer fishery (east coast)Area of the B1 beche-de-mer fishery (PDF, 175KB)
DCoral fisheryArea of the D coral fishery (PDF, 172KB)
EEel fishery (adults)Area of the E eel fishery - adults (PDF, 180KB)
FShell fisheryArea of the F shell fishery (PDF, 508KB)
GShell grit fisheryArea of the G shell grit fishery (PDF, 404KB)
HStar sand fisheryArea of the H star sand fishery (PDF, 516KB)
J1Trochus fishery (east coast)Area of the J1 trochus fishery (PDF, 404KB)
JEJuvenile eel fisheryMap not available: all Queensland waters
OOyster fisheryMap not available: all foreshores between low water and high water
W1Worm fishery (beachworm)Area of the W1 worm fishery (PDF, 178KB)
W2Worm fishery (bloodworm)Area of the W2 worm fishery (PDF, 406KB)
YYabby fisheryArea of the Y yabby fishery (PDF, 178KB)

Move fishery symbols

Commercial fishing boat fishery symbols can be moved between the boat licences, while commercial harvest fishery symbols can be moved between both the boat licences and harvest licences However, you cannot temporarily move symbols. To move fishery symbols you need to submit a fishery symbol movement application to Fisheries Queensland.

Note: you cannot move an eel fishery symbol (E) between licences.

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