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Working together towards a local fishing industry 100% owned by our people.

Program overview

Enhance the region’s wealth by managing and maintaining sustainable fishing industries and increasing employment and economic opportunities for our people.

First Nations ownership of finfish and bêche-de-mer fisheries
First Nations ownership of tropical rock lobster fishery
Traditional Inhabitant Boat (TIB) Licence holders for black teatfish
Source: TSRA Annual Report 2022–23


  • Progressing towards 100% Indigenous ownership of the region’s fisheries.

  • Increasing capacity of Indigenous fishers to participate in commercial fishing.

  • Supporting TSRA representation and community engagement in the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) management process.

  • Managing lease-out of unused Torres Strait fisheries quotas.

  • Supporting research into the sustainability and commercial use of Torres Strait fisheries.

  • Assisting with community communication regarding fisheries issues in the region.


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