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Cocos (Keeling) Islands fishing rules

Western Australian (WA) fishing rules are already in place on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CKI), were not designed specifically for the unique CKI region, and do not take into account Cocos Malay customs.

Following extensive community consultation and feedback on the strong interest from the Christmas Island (CI) and Cocos Keeling Islands (CKI) communities in local management and self-regulation, the Australian Government will work in collaboration with the CKI and CI communities to develop a model of fisheries management that delivers a regulatory framework fit for purpose in the IOT.

Under any potential approach, it will be critical that communities continue to practise sustainable fishing and work together with the Government to implement a model which secures the IOT fishing future.

The Australian Government will support further research of local fisheries stocks to inform management frameworks, which will include community input.



  • Exposure Draft: Cocos (Keeling) Islands Applied Laws Amendment (Fish Resource Management) Ordinance 2020 PDF: 447 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Exemptions for passionfruit coral trout PDF: 12 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Exemptions for Cocos Malay culture PDF: 11 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Exemptions for selling recreational fish PDF: 11 KB ReadSpeaker

Fact sheets

Frequently asked questions

Research papers

  • A Sustainable Future for Rec Fishing in the CKI (2005) PDF: 316 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Review of Exploitation of IOT Resources (2010) PDF: 509 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Summary of Invertebrate Research (2006-2011) PDF: 2002 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Modelling habitat associations of 14 species of holothurians from an unfished coral atoll: implication or fisheries management (2011) PDF: 399 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Modelling habitat associations of the common spider conch in the CKI (2011) PDF: 378 KB ReadSpeaker
  • An update of the Department of Fisheries, WA, Invertebrate and Reef Monitoring at CKI (2016) PDF: 1649 KB ReadSpeaker
  • The state of Western Australia’s coral reefs (2019) PDF: 945 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Invertebrate and Reef Health Research and Monitoring at CKI (2019) PDF: 2552 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Examining the movement of the common spider conch Lambis Lambis in shallow water of a northeastern Indian Ocean Atoll using passive acoustic tracking (2020) PDF: 1141 KB ReadSpeaker

Public consultation

  • Community Feedback – Fisheries public consultations Cocos (Keeling) Islands PDF: 264 KB ReadSpeaker