Fisheries officers have the duty to:
- protect and preserve fish stocks for present and future generations
- preserve the rights of all who share the resource
- educate and assist those who share the resource
- uphold the law in relation to all fisheries legislation
- detect and prevent fisheries offences.
A fisheries officer's duties vary on a day to day basis. They have a wide range of responsibilities and need to be multi-skilled. Fisheries officers must have a wide range of knowledge and abilities.
- an understanding of all aspects of fishing
- being familiar with complex state and national laws associated with commercial and recreational fishing
- the ability to talk to the community and explain and discuss various fisheries regulations.
Anyone interested in becoming a fisheries officer can undertake the nationally accredited Certificate III in the Seafood Industry (Fisheries Compliance) through the Australian Fisheries Academy. Completing the Certificate does not guarantee a position as a fisheries officer. Opportunities depend on positions becoming available.