The aim of the TSRA’s Fisheries Programme is to enhance the region’s wealth by creating and managing an economically and environmentally sustainable fishing industry and increasing employment opportunities for the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people in the Torres Strait region which is equivalent to the wider Australian community. The Fisheries Programme outcomes are:

  • Improved wealth of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people in the region.
  • A sustainable fishing industry owned and operated by Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people.
  • Sustainable management of natural resources.

Commercial fishing has a long history in the Torres Strait. The Torres Strait Commercial Fisheries Brochure outlines some of the important decisions and events relating to fisheries in the region.

History of the Torres Strait Commercial fisheries

In July 2016 the TSRA provided its comments on the exposure draft of the Tropical Rock Lobster fishery Management Plan. Torres Strait communities have provided input into the future management of the Tropical Rock Lobster (TRL) fishery during Management Plan consultations in 2015, consultations on the draft Roadmap to 100% Ownership, and through Torres Strait Islander representation in the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) TRL Working Group.

TSRA Comments on the TRL Management Plan Exposure Draft July 2016

The Fisheries Programme has developed a guide that outlines the management arrangements in each of the Torres Strait commercial fisheries.

Torres Strait Fisheries Guidebook