Fisheries officers are responsible for the management, conservation and preservation of state and territory fisheries resources. They work to ensure these resources are not endangered or over-exploited.
Roles and responsibilities
What does a Fisheries Officer do?
Fisheries officers may perform the following tasks:
- patrol and investigate waterways for unlawful fishing activities and the removal of protected marine life
- ensure relevant laws and regulations are obeyed
- inspect fishing vessels, fishing gear and processing establishments to ensure compliance
- survey oyster, pearling, fishing and prawning leases to ensure regulations are observed
- advise industry personnel on fishing regulations, export standards and the renewal of fishing licences
- check that fish are sold through legal markets and that fish markets do not sell undersized fish
- investigate alleged breaches of legislation
- prepare reports and provide evidence in court when required
- assist in the supervision of shark nets
- identify, survey and monitor areas and activities that affect fish and their habitats
- promote marine management programmes and policies
- educate, advise and provide information to recreational fishers, as well as industry about a wide range of topics relating to fish and their protection
- assist other agencies by responding to emergency situations such as oil spills, the beaching of whales, and shark-related incidents
- provide assistance in research programmes
- keep vessels and equipment in good order
- produce statistical reports and undertake other clerical duties.
What personal requirements will you need?
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- normal colour vision
- good oral and written communication skills
- good negotiation and conflict resolution skills
- ability to swim
- enjoy outdoor work.
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