Draft Harvest Strategies for Coral and Marine Aquarium Fish

Project overview

Fisheries Queensland has developed draft Harvest Strategies for Coral and Marine Aquarium Fish.

Public consultation closed on 31 January 2021.

The documents can still be downloaded from the Document Library (on the right).

Key points of the draft harvest strategies are that they:

1. Identify the fishery objectives. Fishery objectives set out the direction and aspirations to achieve in the long term.  The objectives are to:

  • maintain harvesting effort at levels that are low risk to ecological sustainability for target species


  • effectively use spatial management to reduce the risk of localised concentrations of fishing effort
  • minimising and mitigating high ecological risks arising from fishing related activities
  • supporting the viability of the commercial fishing sector
  • monitoring the social and economic benefits of the fishery to the community.

2. Manage the performance of the fishery using key indicators

  • Annual catch levels are assessed against a reference period to detect changes in fishery behaviour that may represent an unacceptable risk to coral and marine aquarium fish species.
  • Ecological Risk Assessments (ERAs) are also used to inform the acceptable level of risk from harvesting for coral and marine aquarium fish species. If the ecological risk to a species is increased, then species are elevated to a higher tier of monitoring and management to ensure the risk is reduced.

3. Sets decision rules for the commercial harvest of key species

  • The decision rules have been designed to reduce the risk of localised depletion through assessment and management of intensive fishing practices.

4. Minimise ecological risks from fishing

  • If an ERA identifies fishing impacts that are considered to generate an unacceptable level of risk (i.e. medium / high risk), management action will be taken to reduce harvest pressure to an acceptable level of risk.
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