The Minister responsible for fisheries, the Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson has issued a Statement of Intent
Download the relevant documentation to carry out activity in developmental fisheries
Publicly available information on shareholdings in each share management fishery can be accessed here (updated at the beginning of each month)
The Government’s response to the recommendations of the Independent Review of Commercial Fisheries Policy, Management and Administration is now available
Find out about the new program which aims to support the Fisheries Structural Adjustment Program and improve service delivery to the NSW Commercial fishing industry.
Find out what NSW DPI is doing about reducing bycatch & the different methods of byctach being used
An introduction to commercial and recreational fisheries management techniques and management tools
This guide is designed to assist commercial fishers identify sharks and rays potentially encountered in NSW waters.
NSW DPI is introducing revised catch and effort reporting arrangements for the NSW commercial fishing industry commencing from July, 2009.
The NSW wild harvest commercial fishing industry is a dynamic network of skilled businesses. Commercial fishers, wholesalers, processors and retailers, work together with the restaurant and catering industry to supply fresh seafood to communities across the State, as well as to interstate and overseas markets.
The seafood industry, which includes aquaculture and oyster farmers is a vibrant industry which generates over half a billion dollars of economic activity each year, employing more than 4000 people. Of this, the wild harvest commercial fishing managed under NSW jurisdiction is worth more than $90 million dollars at first point of sale.
The health benefits of seafood are well known and the industry is rising to the challenge of ensuring that fresh seafood is available not just along the coast, but throughout NSW.
The NSW wild harvest commercial fisheries
The NSW commercial fisheries are carefully managed. The resource is shared amongst over 1,000 commercial fishers who catch fish for the whole community to enjoy. The industry has recognised the challenges in making fisheries sustainable and has led many of the changes introduced to improve environmental performance.
The NSW fishing industry is primarily made up of small family businesses that rely on high levels of local knowledge and skills learnt over many generations. These businesses use some of the most environmentally sound technology available, such as world leading by-catch reduction devices, and operate under stringent controls regarding their fishing times, seasons and equipment. The industry is constantly striving to improve its environmental performance and contributes millions of dollars each year to research and compliance programs.
The clean and green reputation of the whole NSW seafood industry depends on fisheries being viable, profitable and sustainable. The industry underpins the economy of many coastal towns providing wealth and employment in places, and at times of the year, where there is little other economic activity.
- Trip Limit closure renewal letter to industry 25Kb
- Commercial Fisheries Newsletter - 1st edition.
- Total Allowable Catch Committee report and determination for 2012/13 950Kb
- Debt management: commercial fisheries quota transfer restrictions policy
- Danish seining in NSW
- Independent Review of Commercial Fisheries Policy, Management and Administration
- Rebuilding strategy for gulper shark stocks
- Ocean Trawl flood bycatch closures
- Changes to NSW Fisheries Legislation 60Kb
- Fisheries management (General) Regulation 2010
- Commercial Fisheries Administration Guide 630Kb
- Seafood Industry Advisory Council
- Apply for Section 37 Permits
- NSW Commercial Fishing Catch and Effort Reporting
- Primefact - Commercial fishing in NSW
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NSW DPI is a key partner in a current campaign aimed to increase consumer awareness of the role commercial fisherman play in bringing us healthy, fresh and sustainable Aussie seafood. A video clip of the program's launch can be viewed here.
Recent News Releases
- 06 Jun 2013Fishers reminded about restrictions on Central Coast
- 03 Jun 2013Winter trout closures starts June 11
- 31 May 2013Australian bass and estuary perch closed for fishing
- 31 May 2013New Murray crayfish season opens June 1
- 29 May 2013Good haul of raw prawns during successful season
- 27 May 2013Illegal eel fishers trapped by fisheries officers