Sharing Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries resources

All Australians own our Commonwealth fisheries resources. They must be shared between many stakeholders.

We are creating a resource sharing framework. This will outline the government’s approach to ensuring fair access to Commonwealth fisheries resources.

The framework will help to ensure:

  • commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers have appropriate access
  • everyone understands their access rights
  • fisheries managers can decide on sharing arrangements.

We want our fisheries to continue to be well managed. This keeps them sustainable and profitable.

Public consultation

Public consultation on the draft Commonwealth fisheries resource sharing framework is now closed.

We sought feedback on our draft framework from 25 August to 22 September 2020.

Your feedback will help us design a framework that is fit for purpose and reflects your needs.

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What we’re doing

We are engaging stakeholders during all stages of framework. We have sought feedback through:

  • public submissions on our discussion paper and draft framework
  • online surveys
  • targeted stakeholder workshops
  • National Fishing Advisory Council and National Recreational Fishing Council meetings
  • 2019 Seafood Directions conference
  • Australian Fisheries Managers Forum meetings.

Next steps

Your feedback is helping us to develop a Commonwealth fisheries resource sharing framework.

We plan to release the framework by the end of 2020.

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Last reviewed: 23 September 2020
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