The Department is responsible for the management of Queensland's fisheries resources.
Its prime function is to deliver management in keeping with the principles of ecologically sustainable development, while seeking to optimise the economic and social benefits of the fisheries resources.
The Department's approach to fisheries management is based on thorough consultation with stakeholder groups and the broader community. Stakeholders include commercial fishers, fishing tour operators, seafood processors and marketers, recreational anglers, traditional and indigenous fishers, conservationists and environmentalists, scientific researchers, compliance officers, and associated federal, state, and local government departments and agencies. The principal advisory committees to the Department are the Queensland Fishery Advisory Committee (QFAC) and Technical Advisory Groups (TAG). TAGs are formed when required.
Ecological, economic, and social issues are of prime consideration when developing management plans for the State's fisheries resources.