Commercial fishing logbooks

If you are a commercial fisher or charter fisher operating in Queensland's state-managed fisheries, you are required by law to complete daily logbooks. You can now provide this information by completing a paper based logbook or, for some fisheries, through electronic logbooks.

Recording information in commercial fishery logbooks

Commercial fishing logbooks are used to record:

  • retained catch
  • in certain logbooks, discarded catch
  • time spent fishing
  • location where catch was taken
  • fishing equipment used.

There are different logbooks and reporting requirements for the various fisheries managed by Fisheries Queensland to accommodate the unique characteristics of each fishery.

You can download examples of the information recorded in logbooks for each fishery from the list of fishing logbooks below. Make sure you record information as accurately as possible. Fisheries Queensland uses this information to ensure Queensland's fisheries remain sustainable. Commercial fishers who require a logbook should contact Fisheries Queensland on (07) 3087 8817. It is important that all the information in your logbook returns is correct.

Use our species identification guide to accurately identify and report species. The guide includes:

Species of conservation interest logbook

Since 2005, you have also been required to complete a species of conservation interest (SOCI) logbook, in which you record interactions with SOCI.

Being able to report on a fleet-wide basis will significantly help Fisheries Queensland to safeguard the ecological sustainability of Queensland's fisheries.

The Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) requires fishers to report all interactions with protected species to the Department of the Environment and Energy. You will meet this requirement when you report all interactions in your SOCI logbook. We provide a summary of SOCI interaction by fishery to the Department of the Environment and Energy.

Fisheries Queensland has produced a series of videos on safe handling of SOCI caught as bycatch to reduce injury to animals and fishers. The animals featured include sharks, rays, sea turtles, freshwater turtles and sea snakes.

Watch videos on handling SOCI bycatch.

Using logbook data

QFISH is used:

  • to provide a comprehensive fisheries information system for managers, researchers and industry
  • to ensure the data meets the national standards for validation and coding, as developed by the Statistical Working Group of the Australian Fisheries Managers Forum (AFMF)
  • to aggregate data in summary.

The information that you provide in your logbook returns is used for fisheries management and research purposes. It is therefore important that you provide accurate information on species, catch and fishing effort distribution in your logbook returns.

A comprehensive and continuous series of catch and effort data from commercial fishers’ logbooks provides the basis for:

  • scientific stock analysis when used in conjunction with other biological data (e.g. recruitment studies or effects of closures)
  • certain economic analysis
  • descriptions of current fishing activity
  • short and long-term trends in the spatial and temporal distributions of fishing activity
  • responsible management and administration.

Data request procedure

Fisheries Queensland uses your logbook data, and also receives a large number of data requests from industry, researchers and other agencies. To safeguard the integrity of data and protect the confidentiality of clients, all requests are forwarded through a data coordinator.

In most cases, data is provided at a resolution of 30 n mile or 6 n mile grids and will only include aggregated information for more than 5 boats. Catch information for several key species is provided on QFish

Buyer's logbooks

Catch Disposal Record

Charter fishery

Harvest and collection fisheries

Line fisheries

Net and crab fisheries

Shark and ray fisheries

Species of conservation interest (SOCI)

Trawl fisheries

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