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.
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.par 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.
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.