Fishing News

Seqwater warns fishing off-limits in restricted areas

seqwater restricted areas

ANGLERS are putting their safety on the line by fishing in restricted areas within Seqwater’s dam catchments. Seqwater senior field ranger Craig Hine, who works at Somerset Dam, said fishers were regularly ignoring restricted access signs and fences in pursuit of a good catch. Mr Hine said there were good reasons why some areas were restricted to public access and …

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New plans unveiled: Rocky’s way to lure in tourists

IT’S the fishing platform vision that the Rocky community has been angling for. The same people that brought the city a second boat ramp have spoken up about the need for more fishing vantage points along the Fiztroy River. Rockhampton Regional Council is now investigating drafts for six land based fishing platforms. North and South Rockhampton will be covered with …

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White spot disease update

Biosecurity Queensland is stepping up surveillance along the state’s coast for any signs of White Spot Disease in prawns. Queensland Chief Biosecurity Officer Jim Thompson said the increased surveillance was an essential part of the response to this exotic threat. “We’ve increased our efforts in Moreton Bay including the sampling of prawns for testing from southern Moreton Bay to Deception …

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Daly River delivers $10,000 barra

daly river barra million dollar fish

ANOTHER Northern Territorian is thousands of dollars richer after catching a tagged barramundi in the NT Government’s second season of the Million Dollar Fish competition. The 72cm barra was hooked on the Daly River by Howard Springs man Craig ‘Curly’ Saxelby. Mr Saxelby used live bait to hook the winner, which was the eighth prize-tagged fish and the fifth from …

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35 percent reduction in bycatch trial

new by-catch device

A NEW by-catch device has delivered impressive results that will improve the sustainability of fishing operations of wild catch prawns in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston recently met with the developer, Mr Kon Triantopoulos, and representatives of the NPF industry to hear how this device works. “The trial results indicated a statistically …

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Insights into snapper genetics

snapper genetics

NEW research shows there are two genetically different snapper stocks off the Australian east coast, where it was previously believed all snapper were part of a single stock. Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries scientist Dr Jess Morgan said this was the first project to use fine-scale sampling and highly variable genetic markers to measure the number of genetically distinct …

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Australian and QLD governments work together on white spot outbreak

white spot disease prawns

THE Commonwealth and Queensland governments today reaffirmed their shared commitment to support prawn farmers impacted by white spot virus and pledged to continue to work together to eradicate the disease. Commonwealth Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston and Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne said dealing with the outbreak was one of the highest priorities for …

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All Logan River prawn farms now infected with white spot disease

prawn disease. prawn farms

Positive test results for the virus that causes white spot disease (WSD) in prawns have been received from a seventh aquaculture farm south of the Logan River. This latest detection confirms that all prawn farms in the region with stock are now infected with the white spot disease virus. As the virus that causes white spot disease is highly contagious and easily spread, this result is not unexpected. Treatment work on the …

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Licensed fishers prosecuted for crab pot interference

licensed fishers crab pot interference

FISHERIES Queensland has successfully prosecuted two licensed fishers in separate cases of interfering with crab pots that belonged to other commercial operators. Ingham A fisher from Ingham pleaded guilty in the Tully Magistrates’ Court to four charges of unlawfully interfering with fishing apparatus. Surveillance cameras set up by another commercial fisher photographed the defendant removing crab apparatus from the water …

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White spot disease detected outside Logan River

  NEW test results confirm that the virus that causes white spot disease in prawns has been identified in a new location near the Logan River. As part of the ongoing surveillance program, more than 100 prawns taken from a site just south of the mouth of the Logan River have returned positive test results for the virus that causes …

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