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.
View recent notices, announcements, and media releases relating to fisheries managed by the Protected Zone Joint Authority.
Commercial fishing is one of the most economically important activities in the Torres Strait Protected Zone (TSPZ) and provides a significant opportunity for financial independence for the traditional inhabitants of the region.
The licencing section of the PZJA website contains information about Torres Strait commercial fishing licences and other relevant licence types.
Our aim is to effectively deter illegal fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone. The rules and regulations of Commonwealth fisheries are designed to protect our fish for the future, the properties rights of our fishers and the broader marine environment.
In order to aid consultation, the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) has established a number of committees to provide information and advice to the Protected Zone Joint Authority on scientific, economic and technical matters related to any fishery managed by the PZJA.
In 2015, there were changes to the administration of licensing and the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) in the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery (TSPF).