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Fish research casts doubt on estuarine reserves

New USC-led research has gone beneath the surface of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, along the coastline from Pumicestone Passage to the Gold Coast, to find the preferred environments of estuarine fish species. And the results surprised the USC team led by Research Fellow in Coastal and Marine Ecology Dr Ben Gilby. “Our team compared the number and diversity of …

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Anglers warned: using pest fish as bait is out of line

Seqwater is urging recreational fishers to take care when removing and disposing of tilapia from South East Queensland waterways, with reports of people using the noxious fish as bait. Seqwater Biosecurity Officer Perry Ward said the invasive fish species had managed to dominate natural waterways across the region since they were first introduced into Australia in the 1970s. “Tilapia are …

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Asian green mussel: Surveillance under way in Weipa waters

Asian green mussel Weipa

AVOIDING crocodiles and hunting mussel DNA are two priorities as the surveillance effort continues in the hunt for Asian green mussels around Weipa, following the discovery of a single mussel south of the town in May 2017. Biosecurity Queensland officers have spent time working with local businesses and the community to check areas where the mussels may take up residence, …

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Successful multi-lateral operation targets illegal foreign fishers

illegal foreign fishers

Operation NASSE, a multi-lateral regional maritime surveillance operation between Australia, the US, France and New Zealand, ran from July 3-13 and covered the waters between Exclusive Economic Zones of regional countries. Its aim was to deter illegal fishing in some of the most intensely fished sea-lanes in the region, the Western and Central Pacific Oceans. Together, the operation resulted in …

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Fish the Deep charters back in action

With yellow rain jackets donned by all, guests were rewarded with splendid samson fish and amberjack that were released. Maori cod and moses perch were added to the dinner menu. Gold FM asked Fish the Deep if we would we take some of their radio personalities out for a competition of ‘which announcer could catch the biggest fish’. With all …

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Thousands of barramundi die in cold Victorian weather

barramundi closed season

ABOUT 5500 barramundi have died in the cold weather of southern Australia. Victorian Fisheries Authority confirmed all but 1500 of the 7000 fish placed in a discharge pond connected to the now-defunct Hazelwood power plant late last year have died. Winter water temperatures dropped to 12C — less than half the desired 26C to 32C temperature range barra prefer. However, …

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Rec fishing boost in NT with artificial reefs and CCTV

ARTIFICIAL reefs and fish-attraction devices could be on the cards to boost the Northern Territory’s recreational fishing experiences and enhance its reputation as a world-class fishing destination. A tender recently released by the NT Government has called for advice on the design and engineering specifications required to create scientifically developed and managed artificial reef systems and FADs. Primary Industries Minister …

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Alert for central Queensland as pest fish tilapia spread

SIGNIFICANT flooding events following the impact of tropical cyclone Debbie may have further enabled the spread of tilapia, a pest fish species, throughout the Fitzroy Basin. Characterised by an aggressive nature, highly successful breeding patterns and few predators, tilapia, nicknamed the ‘cane toad of the waterways’, are defeated only through human intervention, according to Fitzroy Basin Association senior project officer …

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Australia lifts ban on Vietnamese raw prawns

AUSTRALIA has lifted the ban it imposed in January on uncooked Vietnamese shrimp products. Vietnamese companies may resume importing raw prawns caught in Australia for processing and export them to Australia for consumption. The decision was made after the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources received written confirmation by the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department under Vietnam’s Ministry of …

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Rec fishers’ satisfaction & expectations of QLD’s net-free zones

ON November 1, 2015, three net-free zones were established in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton. The objective of the NFZs is to increase recreational fishing opportunities in Queensland, thereby supporting tourism and economic growth. Surveys undertaken in 2015 and 2016 examined whether recreational fishers’ satisfaction and expectations of fishing in NFZs changed following the introduction of the NFZs. Recreational fishers who …

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