Managing our fisheries for all

Are you one of the many Canberrans who go fishing in the ACT? Are you concerned about conserving our threatened fish species?

We are reviewing the Fisheries Act 2000, which provides for the sustainable management of fishing in the ACT. The Act promotes the protection and conservation of native fish species and their habitats to ensure high quality and sustainable recreational fishing. It also guides management of commercial fish production and fishing enterprises, fish dealing and live fish transport.

Your comments are helping us understand the community’s needs and expectations when it comes to fisheries management so we can make sure the Act is still relevant and up to date and that it addresses contemporary fisheries management issues.

The discussion paper focused on recreational fishing, sustainable fishing management, cultural fishing and issues about compliance with and enforcement of the Act.

What happens next

Consultation on the discussion paper has now closed. All submissions are now being considered and a consultation report has been prepared.

We are currently developing a proposal for Government on how to proceed. This may include legislative changes and changes to policy and implementation of the Fisheries Act. Further stakeholder consultation will be undertaken on any proposed significant changes.

Please note that submissions will be treated as public documents and may be displayed on this website or www.environment.act.gov.au and included in any subsequent consultation report. However, while names of organisations may be included, all individuals will be de-identified unless prior approval is gained.

For further information, please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81