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.