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 lifeensure relevant laws and regulations are obeyedinspect fishing vessels, fishing gear and processing establishments to ensure compliancesurvey oyster, pearling, fishing and prawning leases to ensure regulations are observedadvise industry personnel on fishing regulations, export standards and the renewal of fishing licencescheck that fish are sold through legal markets and that fish markets do not sell undersized fishinvestigate alleged breaches of legislationprepare reports and provide evidence in court when requiredassist in the supervision of shark netsidentify, survey and monitor areas and activities that affect fish and their habitatspromote marine management programmes and policieseducate, advise and provide information to recreational fishers, as well as industry about a wide range of topics relating to fish and their protectionassist other agencies by responding to emergency situations such as oil spills, the beaching of whales, and shark-related incidents provide assistance in research programmeskeep vessels and equipment in good orderproduce 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.