Fisheries Queensland continue to manage domestic compliance in Torres Strait

Queensland Government
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

25 August 2015

Media Release 

Fisheries Queensland continue to manage domestic compliance in Torres Strait

Domestic compliance within the Torres Strait Protected Zone remains the responsibility of Fisheries Queensland.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) District Manager Bob Russell said there had been some confusion caused by the recent transition of Torres Strait commercial fisheries licensing responsibilities to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) recently.

“At this point in time, QBFP manages compliance for domestic fisheries and boating safety laws within the Torres Strait region,” Mr Russel said. 

“Discussions about the possible transition of domestic compliance functions to AFMA are ongoing.” 

Mr Russell said the Torres Strait area was regularly patrolled by officers from QBFP’s Cairns branch. 

“Fishing rules are in place to protect and conserve fish stocks and ensure the sustainability of our fisheries,” he said. 

“We rely on the ongoing support of the community to provide relevant and timely information relating to potential offences concerning our valuable fisheries resources.  

“If you suspect illegal fishing, report it to the toll-free 24-hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.  

Unlawful activities include: 

  • unlawful use of nets
  • fishing in closed waters
  • fishing in closed seasons
  • taking excess to possession limits on fish. 

If you see, or have any information on fishing activities you suspect are unlawful, you should follow these simple steps: 

  • record the date, time and area where the activity occurs/occurred
  • suspect illegal fishing, whether you see it in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Do not approach the people involved, as this can compromise an investigation.
  • record any boat registration numbers and a description of any vessels involved
  • if you know the person or persons involved, give their details as well
  • give an accurate description of the activity involved,
  • ring the Fishwatch hotline to pass on this information. 

For more information on Queensland fishing rules, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores. 

Follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@FisheriesQld). 

Media: Jodana Anglesey, 3087 8601