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.

Symbol Description of symbol Maps of fishery areas (PDF)
C1 Crab fishery (other than spanner crab) Area of the C1 crab fishery (PDF, 402KB)
C2 Crab fishery (spanner crab - managed area A) Area of the C2 crab fishery (PDF, 170KB)
C3 Crab fishery (spanner crab - managed area B) Area of the C3 crab fishery (PDF, 167KB)
K1 Net fishery (ocean beach - area 1) Area of the K1 net fishery (PDF, 125KB)
K2 Net fishery (ocean beach - area 2) Area of the K2 net fishery (PDF, 130KB)
K3 Net fishery (ocean beach - area 3) Area of the K3 net fishery (PDF, 118KB)
K4 Net fishery (ocean beach - area 4) Area of the K4 net fishery (PDF, 92KB)
K5 Net fishery (ocean beach - area 5) Area of the K5 net fishery (PDF, 101KB)
K6 Net fishery (ocean beach - area 6) Area of the K6 net fishery (PDF, 77KB)
K7 Net fishery (ocean beach - area 7) Area of the K7 net fishery (PDF, 130KB)
K8 Net 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)
L8 Line fishery (multiple hook - east coast) Area of the L8 line fishery (PDF, 447KB)
M1 and M2 Moreton Bay trawl Area of the M1 & M2 Moreton Bay trawl fishery (PDF, 347KB)
N1 Net fishery (east coast - no. 1) Area of the N1 net fishery (PDF, 774KB)
N2 Net fishery (east coast - no. 3) Area of the N2 net fishery (PDF, 748KB)
N3 Net fishery (Gulf of Carpentaria - no. 1) Area of the N3 GoC net fishery (PDF, 428KB)
N4 Net fishery (east coast net - no. 3) Area of the N4 fishery (PDF, 775KB)
N10 Net 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)
N11 Net 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)
N12 Net fishery (Gulf of Carpentaria - offshore) Area of the N12 net fishery (PDF, 449KB)
N13 Net fishery (Gulf of Carpentaria - offshore)
Area of the N13 net fishery (PDF, 396KB)
P Pearl fishery Area of the P pearl fishery (PDF, 406KB)
R ^ Crayfish and rock lobster fishery Area of the R crayfish and rock lobster fishery (PDF, 180KB)
RQ ^ Coral reef fin fish fishery The RQ symbol can be used only in the area defined for the east coast line fishery symbol(s) appearing on the same licence
S Shark and ray fishery The 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 fishery The SM symbol can be used only in the area defined for the east coast line fishery symbol(s) appearing on the same licence
T1 Trawl fishery Area of the T1 trawl fishery (PDF, 169KB)
T2 Trawl fishery Area of the T2 trawl fishery (PDF, 362KB)
T4 Trawl fishery (fin fish) Area of the T4 trawl fishery (PDF, 323KB)
T5 Trawl fishery (river and inshore - area 1) Area of the T5 trawl fishery (PDF, 173KB)
T6 Trawl fishery (river and inshore - area 2) Area of the T6 trawl fishery (PDF, 408KB)
T7 Trawl fishery (river and inshore - area 3) Area of the T7 trawl fishery (PDF, 351KB)
T8 Trawl Fishery (river and inshore - area 4) Area of the T8 trawl fishery (PDF, 395KB)
T9 Trawl 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.

Symbol Description of symbol Maps of fishery areas (PDF)
A1 Aquarium fish fishery (A1) Area of the A1 aquarium fishery (PDF, 414KB)
A2 Aquarium fish fishery (A2) Area of the A2 aquarium fishery (PDF, 414KB)
B1 Beche-de-mer fishery (east coast) Area of the B1 beche-de-mer fishery (PDF, 175KB)
D Coral fishery Area of the D coral fishery (PDF, 172KB)
E Eel fishery (adults) Area of the E eel fishery - adults (PDF, 180KB)
F Shell fishery Area of the F shell fishery (PDF, 508KB)
G Shell grit fishery Area of the G shell grit fishery (PDF, 404KB)
H Star sand fishery Area of the H star sand fishery (PDF, 516KB)
J1 Trochus fishery (east coast) Area of the J1 trochus fishery (PDF, 404KB)
JE Juvenile eel fishery Map not available: all Queensland waters
O Oyster fishery Map not available: all foreshores between low water and high water
W1 Worm fishery (beachworm) Area of the W1 worm fishery (PDF, 178KB)
W2 Worm fishery (bloodworm) Area of the W2 worm fishery (PDF, 406KB)
Y Yabby fishery Area 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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