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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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Pacific fisheries ministers touch down in Australia to talk tuna

FISHERIES ministers from across the Pacific have converged on Mooloolaba, Queensland today to meet about the future of critical tuna fisheries. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said the 14th Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial Meeting would discuss the sustainable management of fisheries in the Pacific, particularly tuna fisheries. “In 2015 the global tuna catch was valued at …

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Fish in a green zone and risk a $2100 fine TO support Great Barrier

Reef recovery, the Cairns area will be the target of a month-long compliance blitz that has recreational fishers poaching from green zones set firmly in its sights. With areas off Cairns ranked among the Great Barrier Reef’s most prolific illegal recreational fishing hot spots, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and its partners are cracking down on anyone breaking …

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2017 Evans Head Fishing Classic

evans head fishing classic 2017

Full briefings and an education process will be offered for technology deficiencies. The new process might sound daunting but it’s all pretty simple and AFT has all angler anxieties covered. The all-new 2017 Evans Head Fishing Classic will run from July 7 to July 14 and AFT has introduced a slew of random prizes, a whole new schedule and its …

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Asian green mussel found south of Weipa

Asian green mussel Weipa

BIOSECURITY Queensland is conducting surveillance after a single Asian green mussel was confirmed at a site south of Weipa. Biosecurity Queensland Invasive Plants and Animals general manager John Robertson commended Rio Tinto employees for their vigilance and rapid response in reporting the pest to Biosecurity Queensland. “A marine biologist conducting routine surveillance as part of Rio Tinto’s monitoring spotted the …

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White spot disease containment reinforced

THE Queensland Government today introduced a new biosecurity regulation aimed at strengthening the containment of white spot disease and further protecting Queensland’s multi-million dollar seafood industry. Chief Biosecurity officer Dr Jim Thompson said this regulation has been introduced to contain white spot disease and prevent further outbreaks. “The new regulation provides a balance between preventing further outbreaks of the disease and …

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Review of import conditions for prawns and prawn products

review of import conditions for prawns

THE Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is undertaking a review of the import conditions for prawns and prawn products for human consumption. The review will consider the biosecurity risks for these imports from all countries and recommend appropriate import conditions to manage these. This review will be conducted through a comprehensive non-regulated risk analysis of existing import conditions …

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Concealed crabs cost Logan River fisher $17,000 fine

A BRISBANE recreational fisher with a history of fisheries infringements has been fined $17,000 for crabbing offences on the Logan River. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol acting district manager Mark Saul said fisheries officers intercepted the Stretton man’s vehicle leaving Marks Rd boat ramp at Woongoolba during a targeted operation against illegal crabbing. They found 104 mud crabs, including 51 …

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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

noxious fish

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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