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International fisheries

  • ​​Several fishery resources of commercial importance to Australia include species that range between Australian waters and other areas of the ocean including high seas areas and the waters of other countries. Effective management of these resources can only be achieved through regional and international cooperation. 
  • Accordingly the Fisheries Branch works to:
    • defend Australia’s sovereign rights and access to fishery resources within its exclusive economic zone
    • provide policy advice and coordination on fisheries issues involving neighbouring countries;
    • secure cooperation from countries with whom we share resources to improve standards of fisheries management in those count​ries; and 
    • influence the standard of regional fisheries management through participation in relevant regional bodies.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources​ leads Aust​ralia's engagement in the following regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs):

The department is also active in a range of other multilateral and regional forums that consider fisheries issues. These include:

Other responsibilities include:

  • Combating Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing including taking an active role in the development of the Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices Including to Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU) and the domestic ratification of the Food and Agriculture Oranisation Port State Measure.
  • Australia’s bilateral relationships with respect to fisheries.