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 has commenced.

To provide feedback on the draft harvest strategy, you can complete the survey,

or submit a written application by choosing one of these options:

  • upload a file digitally via the submission form on this page, or
  • by email or post using the contact details listed on this page.

The draft harvest strategies can be downloaded from the document library >>>.

Comments are due 5pm, 31 January 2021.

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.
  • Survey on the draft Coral and Marine Aquarium Fish Harvest Strategies

    Please provide your feedback on the draft coral and marine aquarium fish fisheries harvest strategies by completing this survey by 5.00pm, 31 January 2021.

    The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

    We recommend downloading a copy of the draft harvest strategies and reading them before commencing the survey.

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