Net-free fishing zones

New net-free fishing zones in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton were introduced at midday on 1 November 2015. The net-free fishing zones will increase recreational fishing opportunities in Queensland, thereby supporting tourism and economic growth.

By recognising the total value of spending by recreational fishers, the net-free fishing zones improve the potential for fishing-based tourism in our regional areas.

A structured buyback scheme for commercial fishing boat licence holders who are directly affected by the net-free zones has been established.

This guide provides maps of the net-free fishing zones, explains the activities that will be allowed in the zones and outlines the assistance schemes available to commercial fishers.