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Commercial fishing is one of the most economically important activities in the Torres Strait Protected Zone


The Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) is responsible for management of commercial and traditional fishing in the Australian area of the Torres Strait Protected Zone (TSPZ) and designated adjacent Torres Strait waters. Torres Strait is located between the tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea. It is a shallow tropical marine environment, with significant seagrass meadows in the central and western parts, and extensive coral reefs forming the northern limit of the Great Barrier Reef in the east. Scattered through the Strait are over a hundred islands, of which only 17 are currently inhabited. Geographically the islands are divided into eastern, central, western, top-western and southern groups.