Developing a National Fisheries Plan

The Australian Government has committed to working with Indigenous, commercial, recreational, aquaculture and post-harvest sectors to deliver a common vision for Australia’s diverse fishing and seafood community.

The National Fisheries Plan will identify key priorities and outline strategies to support the sustainable growth of Australia’s fishing and seafood community over the next ten years. This growth is not just in terms of production, but includes social and environmental performance, which will ensure long-term viability of all sectors.

What we’re doing

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) is working with stakeholders, including state and territory fisheries agencies and the National Fishing Advisory Council, to develop the National Fisheries Plan. Key themes that will be explored include:

  1. sustainability and stewardship
  2. harmonisation of governance and regulation
  3. resource security – including sharing, allocation and access
  4. innovation and data to adapt to a changing environment
  5. trade and markets
  6. recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ fishing rights
  7. people and capacity
  8. social licence.

Next steps

The department expects to undertake public consultation on the draft National Fisheries Plan via the department’s ‘Have Your Say’ platform in late 2021, with a view to release the final Plan in early 2022.

More information will be made available on this page as the National Fisheries Plan progresses.

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Last reviewed: 29 June 2021
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