Technical Advice on Fish Habitats - Queensland

Description

Support is provided for the rational order and management of the State's fish habitats, in particular mangroves, saltcouch, seagrasses and other protected marine plants, and ensure that developments do not substantially interfere with fish habitats, declared Fish Habitat Areas and fisheries resources.

Fisheries Queensland provides technical advice on fish habitats and fisheries resources, including fish movement advice.  Clients seeking technical information can include consultants, developers, local governments and industry.  Advice about requirements under the Fisheries Act 1994, Planning Act 2016, State Development Assessment Provisions and any self-assessable codes applicable to proposals involving fish habitats and fisheries resources can be provided.

Fisheries Queensland can assist prospective developers and clients with their enquiries about marine plant protection, waterway barrier works and management of declared Fish Habitat Areas in the form of a pre-lodgement meeting.  Early contact with Fisheries Queensland is encouraged so that potential applicants can discuss the regulatory framework that may affect their application e.g. areas that may be cleared and developed may be discussed.  Fisheries Queensland may provide general advice on proposals based on potential interaction with fish habitats and fishery activity e.g. to assist with preparation of impact assessment statements and environmental impact studies.  The likely impacts on fish habitats and sustaining fisheries resources are included as issues to be addressed.  Following pre-lodgement discussion with Fisheries Queensland, any applications triggering fish habitat disturbance or impacts to fish movement must be made to the Department of State Development.

Fisheries Queensland also provides local government and other resource management and development agencies with strategic information on fisheries interests for inclusion in planning instruments.

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Eligibility requirements

State Development Assessment Provisions, self-assessable codes and policies, Codes of Practice and guidelines are available online.

Fees

No fees apply to information. Specific fees for applications and assessment of a development permit application apply.

Publications Details process

A wide range of publications on fish habitats is available on the Queensland Government website www.daff.qld.gov.au and www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.

Publications list include:

  • Plans (maps) of declared Fish Habitat Areas
  • Technical information
  • Self assessable-codes, Codes of Practice, guidelines and policies
  • Aquatic pest control

Additional information

All marine plants are protected in Queensland.

Over 1,000,000 hectares of estuarine and marine fish habitats are protected within declared Fish Habitat Areas in coastal areas of the state.

Declared Fish Habitat Areas protect fish habitats (e.g. marine plants, sand and mud flats, rocky foreshores and coral reefs) from development and restrict activities that may be undertaken. To download plans of the location of declared FHAs go to the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing website.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Fisheries Queensland

Impact Assessment and Management

Contact details

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Manager

Impact Assessment and Management

Fisheries Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Operating address: Maroochy Research Station
47 Mayers Road
Nambour, Queensland 4560
Mailing address: PO Box 5083 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre
Nambour, Queensland 4560
Phone: 07 5381 1360
Email: Idassfc@daf.qld.gov.au
Website: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Opens in new window)

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Manager

Impact Assessment and Management

Fisheries Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Operating address: 38-40 Tingira Street
Corner Aumuller & Tingira Streets
Portsmith, Queensland 4870
Mailing address: PO Box 5396
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Phone: 07 4241 1200
Email: idasnfc@daf.qld.gov.au
Website: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Opens in new window)

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Customer Service Centre

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Phone: 07 3404 6999
Phone: 13 25 23
Website: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Customer Service Centre (Opens in new window)