Careers in fisheries compliance

Fisheries officers have the duty to:

  • protect and preserve fish stocks for present and future generations
  • preserve the rights of all who share the resource
  • educate and assist those who share the resource
  • uphold the law in relation to all fisheries legislation
  • detect and prevent fisheries offences.

A fisheries officer's duties vary on a day to day basis. They have a wide range of responsibilities and need to be multi-skilled. Fisheries officers must have a wide range of knowledge and abilities.

Abilities include:

  • an understanding of all aspects of fishing
  • being familiar with complex state and national laws associated with commercial and recreational fishing
  • the ability to talk to the community and explain and discuss various fisheries regulations.

Anyone interested in becoming a fisheries officer can undertake the nationally accredited Certificate III in the Seafood Industry (Fisheries Compliance) through the Australian Fisheries Academy. Completing the Certificate does not guarantee a position as a fisheries officer. Opportunities depend on positions becoming available.

More information

You can get more information about the Certificate III in the Seafood Industry (Fisheries Compliance) course from the Australian Fisheries Academy website.

Page Last Reviewed: 30 Jan 2017
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