Who we are

Yorke Island

The Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) established by the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 comprises the Commonwealth Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Queensland Minister for Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and the Chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority.

The PZJA members are supported by a number of government agencies.

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is responsible for the efficient management of Commonwealth fishery resources on behalf of the Australian community. AFMA manages fisheries on the high seas, within the 200 nautical mile Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ) and, in some cases, by agreement with the States to the low water mark. In doing so, AFMA provides management and advisory services and implements appropriate fisheries management arrangements in the Torres Strait fisheries.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) develops policies and programs to address the effects of fishing on non-target species and the marine environment. This includes bycatch policy, international and national plans of action for seabirds, sharks and other marine species impacted by fisheries, use of marine protected areas and ecosystem-based regional marine planning under Oceans Policy.

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Primary Industries acts as an agent for the PZJA in day-to-day management of fisheries and licensing of commercial fishers operating in the Torres Strait.

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) aims to improve the lifestyle and well-being of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people living in the region through the implementation of programs that address their poor socio-economic and health status.