Fishing News

Company fined $40,000 for damage to marine plants

A COMPANY was recently fined $40,000 at the Hervey Bay Magistrates’ Court for causing damage to a substantial area of marine plants. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness said Fisheries Queensland takes the destruction of marine plants seriously as they play an important role in sustaining fish habitats. “The company excavated about 8407sq m of soil from …

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White spot disease movement restrictions still in place for SEQ

TO help protect Queensland’s beautiful natural waterways for generations to come, fishers must not move raw prawns, yabbies and marine worms out of the white spot disease movement restriction area in southeast Queensland. The movement restrictions are in place from Caloundra to the NSW border and west to Ipswich. While we know prawns swim and could spread the disease as …

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No further signs of Asian green mussels around Weipa

Asian green mussel Weipa

NO further signs of Asian green mussels have been found in waters around Weipa, but Biosecurity Queensland is maintaining surveillance activities as summer heralds spawning season. A plankton tow survey was conducted in mid-October by experts from James Cook University’s TropWATER team. The survey involved water samples being collected from multiple locations to detect traces of Asian green mussel DNA. …

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Possible Wellington Point artificial reef

DR Mark Robinson, Member for Cleveland (Oodgeroo), has announced an LNP Government will invest $350,000 to build a new artificial reef structure close to Wellington Point, which will provide a totally new local fishing experience and support sustainability in the area. Mark is already seeking feedback from the community about potential locations and names for the new artificial reef off …

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Southern Sydney ‘John Dunphy’ offshore artificial reef deployed

Here’s a short ROV video of the newly installed modules, though they won’t look like this for long! We’ll update fishers regularly as the reef matures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtisN9liZfQ&feature=youtu.be This great fishing asset is designed to produce fish for many decades, creating a high value fishing location for current and future generations of recreational fishers in the southern Sydney region. Over the …

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Barramundi closed season – east coast Queensland

barramundi closed season

THE annual barramundi closed season along Queensland’s east coast starts from midday on November 1, 2017, effective through to midday on February 1, 2018. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Robert Russell said the closed season applies to all commercial and recreational fishers. “Fisheries officers will be stepping up surveillance during the barramundi closed season to protect this valued …

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New moon brings fishing closures

coral reef fin fish new moon closure

CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from Tuesday, October 17 for the first of two annual closures to protect these fish during spawning season. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Robert Russell said the two five-day closures coincided with the new moon when key coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn. “October and November have been found to …

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Positive news in negative white spot test results

white spot disease update

AUSTRALIA’S fight against white spot disease reached a significant milestone recently, with no positive test results returned for the past six months from samples of farmed and wild prawns and crabs in Queensland and NSW. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce said it demonstrated the effectiveness of the Government’s decisive response. “More than 25,000 …

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2017 North Coast Fishing Bonanza set to sizzle this week

north coast fishing bonanza

THE 2017 North Coast Fishing Bonanza presented by Gamakatsu and Evinrude is on again at Ballina, northern NSW from September 28 to October 2. This is prime time for school holidays and over the long weekend so you don’t have to take much time off to fish! If you’re looking for something to get the kids involved in, look no …

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Fisheries offences net $9500 fine

TWO commercial fishers were found guilty in the Gladstone Magistrates’ Court for netting offences in the Port of Gladstone Rodds Bay Dugong Protection Area and were collectively fined close to $10,000. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol investigator for Central Queensland Deryk Smith said in April 2016, QBFP officers intercepted the fishers as they were pulling up their commercial fishing boat …

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