Fisheries – Domestic

Domestic fisheries are typically managed by a single nation, and include commercial, recreational and indigenous harvesting. MRI is a research provider for Australian domestic fisheries, including those managed by Federal and State agencies. MRI has also conducted domestic fisheries research in other countries such as Chile and Indonesia. The Australian Government approach to fisheries management is based on science with the objective of maintaining fish stocks at ecologically sustainable levels, and maximising the net economic returns to the Australian community.  Legislation and policy also requires management to consider the impact of fishing activities on non-target species and the long-term sustainability of the marine environment, as well as explicit consideration of recreational and indigenous fishing sectors.

Domain Lead:  Rich Little

Research Pages:


Part of the ecosystem modelling toolbox needed to support tactical management decisions in fisheries and conservation.

CSIRO has been a leader in the development of risk-based approaches to assess the potential risks of fishing to marine species, habitats and communities. These pages describe the ongoing and historical work.

Started in 2016, the project team has assisted the Australian Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) to fulfill their National Priority 1: ensuring Australian fishing products are sustainable and acknowledged to be so. To accomplish this, we submit or make available Australian stock assessments to these websites and widely circulated publications, including the RAM stock assessment database and the Australian Fisheries statistic reports (published by ABARES).  Details are provided on the project webpage, and summarised in this flier (efar_flyer).

A holistic picture of the sustainability of Australian fisheries is needed to inform both the general public, and public and private organisations about the sustainability of Australian fisheries.

As a step towards creating a national standard for fisheries management, this project focused on creating a best practice method, through the development of Fisheries Management Agency Guidelines. The Guidelines provide a framework regarding the approaches and information that will help management agencies achieve best practice.

This tool was developed with appropriation funding from CSIRO.   Contact Chris Moeseneder or Rob Kenyon for more information.

Case Studies:


Monitoring orange roughy


Northern Prawn Fishery


Effects of trawling




Publications and Reports   ⇒



Other Resources:

Fishpath – a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, CSIRO and NOAA (here)

Llimitations in data and resources can often hinder fisheries from being managed sustainably. FishPath involves 3 main components: the online decision-support FishPath Tool, the FishPath Process, and the FishPath Network, a global group of fisheries scientists and practitioners trained in the FishPath Process and Tool.

Check out this 4 minute YouTube video on Management Strategy Evaluation (here), and a companion one on Harvest Strategies (here)