Public Register of Fishing Authorities

Queensland’s fisheries resources are a publicly owned resource. The Fisheries Act 1994 requires information on authorities (details of licenses, quotas and permits) to be available to be publically viewed. FishNet allows the public to view the Register of Fishing Authorities.

You may also wish to inspect the register if you are buying a fishing licence, need information for a court case or tribunal matter, or are generally interested in how fisheries resources are being used.

However, there are rules that govern what type of information we provide. In general, we can’t give some private information, such as certain contact details, or information about where an individual actually catches fish.

There are other details, for example postal addresses of authority holders, that are not shown in this site but form part of the Public Register of Authorities. This information is available by contacting the Licensing Unit through the Department's Business Information Centre on 13 25 23.

Licences & Permits

If you are considering purchasing a licence, you may wish to look at the details of the licence, in which case, this section will be useful.

If you are seeking information in order to decide whether or not to enter a fishery, it's advisable that you also contact Fisheries Licensing Team and ask whether there are any investment warnings current for the particular fishery, or if there are likely to be management changes made in the near future.

If your interest is in permits that have been issued, you can view the permit details, including conditions.


If you are considering buying quota from a current quota authority holder, you may wish to check an individual’s, or company’s permanent quota holding to ensure they have adequate quota units to transfer.


If you are looking for summary information, rather than details on specific individuals, companies or authorities, this section will be useful.

It provides standard reports, for example, details on how many fishery symbols there are and the overall quota usage for a given year.

You can also use QFish to examine, analysis and map data held by Fisheries Queensland.