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Prawn farm treatment completed following white spot outbreak

BIOSECURITY Queensland has completed treatment on all infected prawn farms in southeast Queensland following an outbreak of white spot disease in December 2016. Final treatment and discharge of water from the seven prawn farms along the Logan River and in Moreton Bay finished this week. White Spot Response Program Director Kerrod Beattie said due to extensive rainfall and increased water …

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Fishers warned not to use noxious fish as bait

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RECREATIONAL fishers are being warned by Biosecurity Queensland not to use tilapia or any other noxious fish as bait, particularly in central Queensland. Biosecurity Queensland officer Anita Ramage said there had been reports of people using the noxious fish as bait to catch barramundi in the Fitzroy River. “People need to understand it is illegal to use tilapia as bait …

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Large fines for illegal crabbing on Gold Coast

TWO men have received fines totalling $20,000 after being caught with female and undersize crabs at night on the northern end of the Gold Coast. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers conducted surveillance at Shipper Drive on the Gold Coast after receiving complaints from recreational fishers. QBFP officer Ryan Stove said around 10.30pm, officers intercepted two men as they were …

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Brothers out of pocket more than $11,000 for crabbing offences

TWO brothers were fined more than $6000 after pleading guilty in the Cleveland Magistrates’ Court to using excess crab pots in a Moreton Bay Marine Park conservation zone. The brothers, aged 18 and 19, were intercepted in a targeted operation by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol Officers in December 2015. QPWS principal ranger …

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$9000 fine for illegal netting in far north Queensland

A north Queensland recreational fisher has been fined $9000 after pleading guilty to four fishing offences in the Ingham Magistrates’ Court. The man was charged with unlawfully using two commercial fishing nets, possessing four commercial fishing nets and two protected sawfish rostrums, and making a misleading statement to Fisheries Queensland officers. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Marsh …

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$18,000 fine for Logan River crabbing offences

A Mount Warren Park man has been fined $18,000 in the Beenleigh Magistrates’ Court for multiple fisheries offences on the Logan River. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Rob McDonald said the fisher faced 17 charges following a three-month investigation into illegal crabbing and the subsequent sale of crabs. “The charges included taking and possessing female and undersize male …

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Great news for Cleveland boaties and fishos

Dear fellow boaties and rec fishers, After many years of campaigning I am excited that work has commenced on the dredging around the Cleveland Boat Ramp at William St. This is great because it will provide greater access to the bay from the boat ramp. It is especially good news for the Raby Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue. They will no …

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A perfect oppor-tuna-ty to celebrate an important global fish

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WORLD Tuna Day – being celebrated today – is an opportunity to acknowledge one of the most popular and widely consumed fish in the world. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said World Tuna Day also promoted the sustainable management of global tuna stocks. “Those of us who love tuna also want to ensure future generations can …

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Slimy mackerel catch limits increased by 450 percent

AFTER considering the latest available science and data, the independent Australian Fisheries Management Authority Commission agreed to the revised Harvest Strategy for the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery  and set new total allowable catch limits for the 2017-18 fishing season, commencing May 1, 2017. Underpinning the Harvest Strategy was further testing undertaken during 2016 and advice from the SPF Scientific Panel and …

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Russian scientists develop possible cure for prawns with white spot

A TEAM of scientists at the Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia have come up with a remedy for a highly lethal and contagious prawn disease that could save millions for farmers. Injections of silver nanoparticles were successfully tested in Mexico, where the white spot syndrome virus epidemic in prawns has been a huge problem for several years. The drug developed by …

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