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White spot disease update

Current situation Disease control activities have resumed on the impacted prawn farms in the Logan River region after they were suspended for a short time due to the weather event associated with Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Surveillance is continuing along the east coast of Queensland from the Sunshine Coast to Cairns. So far, eight samples, consisting of approximately 150 prawns per …

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Skeletal remains found in car pulled from Borumba Dam

human remains found in car borumba

Anyone with information they believe could be relevant to the investigation is urged to contact police. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24 hours a day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 …

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Firefighting foam spillage at Brisbane Airport results in fish kill

brisbane airport foam spillage

THE Queensland Government has confirmed a firefighting foam spillage at Brisbane Airport is believed responsible for a small fish kill. Qantas has advised the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection that the spillage occurred on Monday, April 10 around 9pm. Although much of the spill was contained on the airport site, there has been a release of foam concentrate to …

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Wilson Fishing founder fondly remembered

wilson fishing founder Les Wilson

WILSON Fishing founder Les Wilson passed away on Good Friday, aged 93. L Wilson & Co. (as it was known back then) was established in 1946 by Les, starting as a small manufacturing business that made swivels on the kitchen table of the family home. Recognising a need for rod building components, and being a fitter and turner by trade, …

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Votes pour in for national fish and chips awards

Thousands of Australians have already cast their votes in the 2017 Australian Fish and Chips Awards, as the nation prepares to dine on seafood during Easter. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said the competition was getting fierce. “It’s been great to see some of our famous and iconic fish and chip shops getting into the spirit …

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Massive-scale destruction of Great Barrier Reef

great barrier reef bleached coral

While it is acknowledged that governments are attending to some aspects and attempting to mitigate effects, it must be said that unless Australia leads an urgent change in world attitude towards climate repair, the immediate and long-term future of the Great Barrier Reef, its fishery and dependant economies are in grave peril. CAREFISH position statement CAREFISH is alarmed and distressed …

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Greedy Brisbane crabber fined for illegal catch

illegal brisbane crabber

A RECREATIONAL crabber who pleaded guilty to five crab-related offences including possessing undersized and female mud crabs has been fined $3100 and ordered to forfeit his crabbing apparatus. During sentencing in the Brisbane Magistrates’ Court, the magistrate referred to the fisher’s “greed and disregard for the future sustainability of crab stocks”. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol field officer Vaughan Heath …

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Illegal fish pirates jailed

A joint effort by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Maritime Border Command, a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force and Parks Australia resulted in the apprehension and subsequent court case. Following investigations by AFMA and Parks Australia, the fishers were found guilty for committing offences against the Australian Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation …

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Fitzroy River barra exceeding expectations

Fitzroy River barra

Fitzroy River barra are getting better and better and for the first time in over 15 years the catch rate for legal sized barramundi in the Fitzroy River has exceeded 1 legal barra per fisher per day. At the end of the first month of the 2017 season the daily catch rate is 1.4 legal fish per fisher. This is 135% …

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