Commercial Fishing

Australia’s fishing zone is the world’s third largest (total of 8,148,250 square kilometres) and the home to more than 4700 known species of fish.


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Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) contains useful information on various aspects of Australian fisheries, aquaculture and other marine issues.

Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is the Commonwealth statutory authority responsible for ensuring the sustainable use and efficient management of Commonwealth fishery resources on behalf of the Australian community and key stakeholders.

CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is a Commonwealth agency concerned with planning, investing in, and managing fisheries research, development and extension.

Recreational Fishing Research Recreational fishing research projects are coordinated by the FRDC and its recreational fishing research group.

Commonwealth Managed Fisheries

Australian Fisheries Legislation

 The National Climate Change Action Plan for Fisheries and Aquaculture, November 2010

Fisheries and the Environment The implementation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) allows the Australian Government to assess the environmental performance of fisheries and promote ecologically sustainable management. Read more at .....

Commonwealth Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries The Guidelines outline specific principles and objectives designed to ensure a strategic and transparent way of evaluating the ecological sustainability of fishery management arrangements.


·  Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

·  NSW Department of Primary Industries: Fishing and Aquaculture  

·  Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries

·  Northern Territory Department of Resources - Fisheries

·  Victorian Department of Primary Industries: Fisheries

·  Primary Industries and Resources South Australia: Fisheries

·  Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment: Sea Fishing & Aquaculture


·  FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture - FAO's Major Programme on Fisheries aims to promote sustainable development of responsible fisheries and contribute to food security.

Cite this page as:

Bray, D.J. 2015. Commercial Fishing, in Bray, D.J. & Gomon, M.F. (eds) Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria and OzFishNet, accessed [date viewed],