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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Be a mate and check your bait before you go fishing

BIOSECURITY Queensland is launching a campaign today that asks all fishers to check their bait before they go out fishing, to make sure it is Australian wild-caught bait from a quality bait supplier, or to catch their own. The campaign asks fishers to do their bit to help protect our natural waterways and our fishing and aquaculture industries, which are …

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Research to investigate stakeholder concerns with carp control plan

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A SUBSTANTIAL investment has been made under Australia’s National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) to explore the viability of using the carp virus, Cyprinid herpesvirus 3, to control the pest species, carp, in Australia’s waterways, and ultimately improve water quality and ecosystem health. A comprehensive research program is central to this approach under the Australian Government’s $15 million National Carp Control …

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Australian bass back for another season

THE annual closed season for Australian bass in Queensland tidal waters ends this week. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol manager Rob McDonald said the species had been off-limits in tidal waterways from June 1 to August 31 to protect the species during its breeding cycle. “Fishers can return to their favourite tidal waterways to catch Australian bass from Friday, September …

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Update on white spot disease

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NSW lifts importation ban on low-risk crustaceans from Queensland The NSW Department of Primary Industries has amended control orders to allow for the movement of negligible risk decapod crustaceans from the white spot restricted area into NSW. As a result, NSW is now allowing the movement of species such as blue swimmer crabs, mud crabs, lobsters, and spanner crabs into …

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