Fisheries Officer

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.

Fisheries Officer

Fisheries Officer

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.
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.