Traditional Fishing

Cast-netting

Traditionally, Torres Strait Islanders have taken a wide range of marine species for subsistence and cultural uses, and their consumption of seafood remains one of the highest in the world.

Among the species they take are tropical rock lobster, dugong, turtle, fish, shells, crabs and octopus.

Their methods include handlining, diving, spearing, reef-gleaning, cast-netting, gill-netting, trolling from dinghies, jigging and seining.

Restrictions on traditional fishing harvest currently exist for tropical rock lobster and sea cucumbers. These include:

  • A bag limit of three tropical rock lobster per person or six per boat (if there is more than one person in the boat); and
  • A bag limit of three sea cucumbers per person or six per boat (if there is more than one person in the boat).

There is also a ban on the sale of clam shell meat