Jurisdiction

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Commonwealth

The Australian Government manages commercial fisheries within the Australian Fishing Zone (which generally extends from three to 200 nautical miles off the coast), as well as the activities of Australian-flagged fishing vessels operating on the high seas.

Commonwealth Fisheries cover a large spectrum of Australia's exclusive economic zone—generally outside three nautical miles—from the northern tropics to the southern ocean and antarctic fisheries. 

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is responsible for the efficient management and sustainable use of Commonwealth Fisheries.

Commonwealth Reports Page

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New South Wales

State Governments have the responsibility of administering Australia's fisheries generally within three nautical miles from the coast line. 

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries provides information on recreational and commercial fishing, aquaculture and habitat and species protection. 

NSW Reports Page

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Queensland

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries manages the sustainability and allocation of fisheries resources for all Queenslanders. Fisheries ensures fisheries remain sustainable and productive by monitoring, determining and controlling access and development as needed; providing education and enforced fishing regulations to promote equitable access to fisheries resources.

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South Australia

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is the government agency responsible for the ecologically sustainable development of South Australia’s aquatic resources.

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture division enables the sustainable development of South Australia’s aquatic resources and the balanced growth of our fisheries and aquaculture industries. PIRSA manages South Australia's fish stocks in partnership with industry and the community.

South Australia Reports Page

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Tasmania

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (Tasmania) manages recreational and commercial sea fisheries with a strong focus on promoting sustainable fisheries practices. 

Tasmania Reports Page

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Victoria

Fisheries Victoria, a branch of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources ensures that all Victorian fisheries are sustainably managed, so everyone can enjoy fish now and into the future.

Victoria Reports Page

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Western Australia

The Western Australian Department of Fisheries’ primary responsibility is to conserve, sustainably develop and share the use of Western Australia’s aquatic resources and their ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations. 

Western Australia Reports Page

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Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources is responsible for fisheries management and compliance across the Territory.

Northern Territory Reports Page