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.

Duties & Tasks

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.


Boating and Fisheries Patrol Officer

A boating and fisheries patrol officer is responsible for enforcing the laws governing boating in marine parks and protective zones.

Fisheries Observer

A fisheries observer is responsible for collecting information on fishing operations, catches and the interaction of vessels with the environment. This information is reported back to fisheries managers, the fishing industry, research organisations and the community.

Working Conditions

The duties of fisheries officers vary greatly across the states and territories. The type of work they do often depends on the size and type of commercial and recreational fishing, and related industries in their region. Fisheries officers may also serve as fisheries observers on naval patrol boats, or they may be responsible for wildlife protection.

Fisheries officers are required to wear uniforms. They work irregular hours, including weekends, public holidays and nights. They are often required to move around the state or territory and may be absent from their headquarters for long periods. They work in all weather conditions and may have to sleep in vehicles, tents or boats.

Personal Requirements

  • 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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