Commercial Harvest Fisheries

Queensland's commercial harvest fisheries cover a wide range of species taken from several individually managed fisheries. Target species are generally harvested by hand or by using handheld implements. This often involves the use of underwater breathing apparatus, such as scuba or hookah.

The harvest fisheries are a valuable component of Queensland's commercial fisheries. Export markets are vital to some of these fisheries, particularly those for which a solid domestic demand has not been established.
The harvest fisheries are: sea cucumber (beche-de-mer) fishery, marine aquarium fish fishery, coral fishery, Trochus fishery, tropical rock lobster fishery and minor harvest fisheries (including bait fisheries, such as beach worms, bloodworms and yabbies; marine specimen shells; pearl shells; wild-caught oysters). All are regulated by fishing regulations and licenses.