Legal solutions for the ‘blue economy’

Our future

Our waters

Your business

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Case Management Overview

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Fisheries & Aquaculture

  • Mariculture and Aquaculture leases
  • Aquaculture and mariculture disputes
  • Commercial fishery issues
  • Acquisition and ownership of fisheries
  • Registration of fishing rights
  • Defence of fisheries prosecutions
  • Seizure of fishing vessels
  • International fishing licenses
  • High seas fishing
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Maritime Law

  • Admiralty claims
  • Arrested or detained goods and shipment disputes
  • Bills of lading
  • Charter party disputes
  • Salvage, total loss and wreck removal
  • Ship sale, purchase, building and repair
  • Towage and pilotage
  • Collusion and liability for damage issues



Commercial Shipping & Cruise Liners

  • Carriage of goods, cargo shortage, contamination and damage
  • Casualties, collision, fire and strandings
  • Employment issues
  • Vessel registration and compliance requirements
  • Legislation and awards for crew compliance
  • Water freight issues
  • Water transport issues with passengers
  • Passenger ship management
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Ocean Based Businesses

  • Marine medical research
  • Oil & gas pipelines
  • Offshore wind
  • Shipping lanes
  • Cabling
  • Marine biotech
  • Ocean waste disposal
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Ocean & Water Law

  • Rights in relation to beaches and foreshores
  • Navigation
  • Easements in and over water
  • Marina and port facilities
  • Pollution and environmental issues
  • Port operations
  • Marina operations



Our Mission & Vision

Aquarius Lawyers is a law firm specialising in the marine and fisheries industry.

If it happens in the marine environment we know the law. Our firm can provide advice and representation in all marine business, commercial fisheries, defence of fisheries prosecutions and international law.



An Industry Leader In Maritime Law Education

Our Principal Solicitor and Barrister, Katherine Hawes, is widely respected in water-based industries for her international law know-how and global interests. Katherine has lectured at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Wollongong.

Katherine is known as the ‘fish lawyer’ in international circles for her role in the Association of International Seafood Professionals and her charitable work with Aquaculture without Frontiers.


What Can We Do For You?

Business Advice

Legal Representation

International Compliance

Facilities Operations

Salvage & Loss Adjustment

Aquaculture & Mariculture

The Time is Now

Protect your blue economy business by booking a Legal Strategy Session with us!