Sharing Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries resources

We are developing a framework for sharing Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries resources.

The framework will provide a clear way to allocate and re-allocate fisheries resources. It will be applied to Commonwealth-managed fisheries. It will not impact state-managed and territory-managed fisheries.

Consultation has now closed. Thank you to all those who participated.

How you had your say

Our survey was open from 23 September 2019 to 21 October 2019.

We asked for your views to help:

  • define the problem of resource sharing
  • identify each sector’s needs from a resource-sharing perspective.

Who engaged

62 people participated in our survey.

Survey respondents: 62 respondents, 60% recreational fishers, 18% commercial fishers, 8% indigenous fishers, 14% other

Responses per state: 8 WA (13%), 1 NT (2%), 12 QLD (19%), 7 SA (11%), 12 NSW (19%), 3 ACT (5%), 3 VIC (5%), 16 TAS (26%)

What you said

Most common issues you raised:

  • equitable management and requirements for each sector
  • concerns about growing demand from other fishing sectors
  • recognition of traditional fishing
  • the importance of data
  • considering the economic, cultural and social value of each sector.

Here's what you told us: Your views on fishing resources, 41% satisfied with current level of access to fisheries resources, 62% disagree that marine resources are shared fairly between sectors, 70% concerned that current access to fishing grounds/fish catch will reduce in the future, 46% said the most important factor when buying seafood was if it was caught in Australia.

What we will do

We are reviewing your feedback.

Your feedback will help inform a draft Commonwealth Fisheries Resource Sharing Framework.

If you told us that you would like to provide more feedback, we will be in contact with you soon.

To get involved, subscribe for project updates in the ‘Stay informed’ section.

If you missed the survey and would like to provide your views, please contact us at resourcesharingframework@agriculture.gov.au or +61 2 6272 2431.

Once we have finished consulting, we will prepare and release a draft framework for public feedback.

We are developing a framework for sharing Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries resources.

The framework will provide a clear way to allocate and re-allocate fisheries resources. It will be applied to Commonwealth-managed fisheries. It will not impact state-managed and territory-managed fisheries.

Consultation has now closed. Thank you to all those who participated.

How you had your say

Our survey was open from 23 September 2019 to 21 October 2019.

We asked for your views to help:

  • define the problem of resource sharing
  • identify each sector’s needs from a resource-sharing perspective.

Who engaged

62 people participated in our survey.

Survey respondents: 62 respondents, 60% recreational fishers, 18% commercial fishers, 8% indigenous fishers, 14% other

Responses per state: 8 WA (13%), 1 NT (2%), 12 QLD (19%), 7 SA (11%), 12 NSW (19%), 3 ACT (5%), 3 VIC (5%), 16 TAS (26%)

What you said

Most common issues you raised:

  • equitable management and requirements for each sector
  • concerns about growing demand from other fishing sectors
  • recognition of traditional fishing
  • the importance of data
  • considering the economic, cultural and social value of each sector.

Here's what you told us: Your views on fishing resources, 41% satisfied with current level of access to fisheries resources, 62% disagree that marine resources are shared fairly between sectors, 70% concerned that current access to fishing grounds/fish catch will reduce in the future, 46% said the most important factor when buying seafood was if it was caught in Australia.

What we will do

We are reviewing your feedback.

Your feedback will help inform a draft Commonwealth Fisheries Resource Sharing Framework.

If you told us that you would like to provide more feedback, we will be in contact with you soon.

To get involved, subscribe for project updates in the ‘Stay informed’ section.

If you missed the survey and would like to provide your views, please contact us at resourcesharingframework@agriculture.gov.au or +61 2 6272 2431.

Once we have finished consulting, we will prepare and release a draft framework for public feedback.