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Large female fish vital to successful fisheries

large female flathead

AN international study led by Monash marine ecologists has found that large fish are much more important to feeding the planet than previously thought. The new research, published in the prestigious journal ‘Science’, has major implications for how fisheries are managed and the value placed on marine protected areas. Most theories on how reproductive output increases with body size assume …

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Man fined $10,000 for crab pot interference

fined $10,000 for crab pot interference

THINK twice next time you consider interfering with someone else’s crab pot. A man was prosecuted in Mackay recently and fined $10,000 for interfering with fishing apparatus. There are multiple operations and investigations into illegal crabbing activity across Queensland, with day and night patrols on waterways and at boat ramps including the use of specialised surveillance equipment like hidden cameras …

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Huge illegal net seized at Nudgee

illegal net seized nudgee

FISHERIES Queensland has fined three people thousands of dollars for illegal netting after fisheries officers seized a net measuring almost 130 metres at Nudgee earlier this month. Queensland Boating & Fisheries Patrol District Manager Brett Depper said a tip off to the Fishwatch hotline number 1800 017 116 led to the seizure. “We rely on the community reporting suspected illegal …

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Encouraging tuna champions

southern bluefin tuna

A NEW program was today launched to further develop responsible recreational fishing of southern bluefin tuna. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston launched the Tuna Champions Program at Hobart’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. “This initiative will work to improve stewardship, fish handling and responsible fishing practices in the SBT recreational sector,” Minister Ruston said. “Sustainability, …

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New positive results for white spot disease in Moreton Bay

Movement Control white spot positive results moreton bay

THE latest round of surveillance has been completed in the Moreton Bay area for white spot disease, with some initial tests returning positive results for the virus that causes white spot disease. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the positive results were found in crab and prawn samples from the northern Moreton Bay region near the …

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Restrictions in place in SEQ for raw prawns, yabbies and marine worms

prawn restrictions white spot seq

WHITE spot disease movement restrictions are in place to stop the spread of the virus that causes white spot disease and help protect Queensland’s natural waterways. Raw prawns, yabbies and marine worms cannot be moved out of the white spot disease movement restriction area. These restrictions are in place from Caloundra to the NSW border and west to Ipswich. They …

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Stronger fisheries laws aim to combat seafood black market

stronger fisheries laws black market

REFORMS to modernise Queensland’s fisheries laws, including stronger compliance powers and penalties for serious offences such as seafood black marketing, have been proposed by the State Government. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner recently released a discussion paper on amendments to the Fisheries Act 1994 for public feedback. “The government is committed to protecting Queensland’s valuable fisheries resources and …

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‘Carp’ Diem at Lake Keepit’s fishing competition this Easter long weekend

lake keepit carp fishing comp

GRAB a hook, make it sharp, pitch a tent, catch a carp!  That’s what hundreds of environmentally conscious anglers will be doing at Lake Keepit this Easter long weekend, with the annual Carp We Don’t Keepit fishing competition set to take place. As a fishing competition with a sustainable twist, the weekend will improve Keepit Dam for native fish through …

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Public feedback invited on reform options for key fisheries

qld fisheries reform stocks

QUEENSLAND is a step closer to having a world-leading fisheries management system with the release of proposed reform options for several key fisheries. Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said a range of options have been put forward in discussion papers for managing the trawl, crab and east coast inshore fisheries. “A priority of the Queensland Government’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy is to develop …

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Study exposes misperception of poaching on the GBR and its remedy

poaching great barrier reef coral trout

NEW research has revealed the tiny minority of fishers poaching on the Great Barrier Reef think the illegal practice is justified because they believe ‘everyone else is doing it’. Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University asked nearly 700 recreational fishers at boat ramps in Townsville about their perceptions of poaching (fishing …

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