The Australian Government has released the Commonwealth fisheries resource sharing framework, bringing greater certainty to commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers accessing our shared fisheries resources.

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam welcomed the launch of the new framework as delivering on one of the Morrison Government’s 2019 election commitments.

“Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries are a shared resource that provide a range of benefits to the Australian community, including access to local seafood, a source of income, recreational activity, and cultural connection,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“With multiple users accessing Commonwealth fisheries, sharing these resources in a fair and equitable manner has been a priority of government and fishers for decades.

“The framework is designed to ensure equitable access to Commonwealth fisheries resources among commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers, for the benefit of the Australian community.

“It will give fishers greater certainty about their access to our shared fisheries resources, and provide a clear way to share Commonwealth fisheries resources between the fishing sectors.

“Every fishery is different, and the government will work with stakeholders to ensure the best outcome is achieved for all stakeholders.

“The Morrison Government prioritises having a sustainable and strong fishing industry as a key priority, and the framework is the result of extensive consultation with the commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing sectors.

“The Commonwealth fisheries resource sharing framework is an important part of ensuring sustainable economic growth for the Australian fisheries sector and reaching the government’s goal of growing agriculture, forestry and fisheries to $100 billion industries by 2030.”

The framework is available here: