High Seas Permits may be issued to Australian flagged vessels to fish the areas of waters outside of the Australian Fishing Zone and the exclusive economic zone of any country.
High Seas Permits only allow fishing in areas that will fall in the area of competence of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement and the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation.
High Seas Permits specify conditions on fishing and are granted for a maximum of one year until the end of each calendar year. Permit holders are required to re-apply each year.
High Seas publications
- High Seas Management Arrangements Booklet 2017 (PDF, 1MB)
- High Seas Sustainability Assessment Report (PDF, 4 MB)
- Bottom Fishery Impacts Assessment – Australian report for the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (PDF, 4 MB)
- Bottom Fishery Impacts Assessment – Australian report for the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (PDF, 12 MB) (warning: large file size)
High Seas maps