Australian Marine Parks

Commercial fishing supports jobs in the fishing industry, boosts the economy of regional communities, and puts scrumptious seafood on the plates of Australians.

Careful and thoughtful zoning arrangements for our Australian Marine Parks provide certainty for fishers who rely on these parks for their livelihoods.

What these plans mean for commercial fishing

Commercial fishing will be allowed in large areas of marine parks. We’ve taken on board where you told us of important current or future fisheries.

We’ve taken extra care to configure zones to support sustainable fishing and help fishers follow the rules.

When the plans come into effect, class approvals will be developed in consultation with the commercial fishing industry. These will enable allowable commercial fishing activities to continue with minimum red tape. As long as you fish in the way described under these class approvals, you probably won’t need to apply to fish in Australian Marine Parks.

The Australian Government is committed to providing fair and reasonable adjustment assistance to those commercial fishing operators directly affected by the new management arrangements in marine parks. The Government will develop an adjustment assistance program in consultation with the commercial fishing sector.

Click here to find out more about commercial fishing in marine parks