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2017 North Coast Fishing Bonanza set to sizzle this week

north coast fishing bonanza

THE 2017 North Coast Fishing Bonanza presented by Gamakatsu and Evinrude is on again at Ballina, northern NSW from September 28 to October 2. This is prime time for school holidays and over the long weekend so you don’t have to take much time off to fish! If you’re looking for something to get the kids involved in, look no …

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Fisheries offences net $9500 fine

TWO commercial fishers were found guilty in the Gladstone Magistrates’ Court for netting offences in the Port of Gladstone Rodds Bay Dugong Protection Area and were collectively fined close to $10,000. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol investigator for Central Queensland Deryk Smith said in April 2016, QBFP officers intercepted the fishers as they were pulling up their commercial fishing boat …

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Be a mate and check your bait before you go fishing

BIOSECURITY Queensland is launching a campaign today that asks all fishers to check their bait before they go out fishing, to make sure it is Australian wild-caught bait from a quality bait supplier, or to catch their own. The campaign asks fishers to do their bit to help protect our natural waterways and our fishing and aquaculture industries, which are …

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Research to investigate stakeholder concerns with carp control plan

national carp control plan

A SUBSTANTIAL investment has been made under Australia’s National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) to explore the viability of using the carp virus, Cyprinid herpesvirus 3, to control the pest species, carp, in Australia’s waterways, and ultimately improve water quality and ecosystem health. A comprehensive research program is central to this approach under the Australian Government’s $15 million National Carp Control …

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Australian bass back for another season

THE annual closed season for Australian bass in Queensland tidal waters ends this week. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol manager Rob McDonald said the species had been off-limits in tidal waterways from June 1 to August 31 to protect the species during its breeding cycle. “Fishers can return to their favourite tidal waterways to catch Australian bass from Friday, September …

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Update on white spot disease

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NSW lifts importation ban on low-risk crustaceans from Queensland The NSW Department of Primary Industries has amended control orders to allow for the movement of negligible risk decapod crustaceans from the white spot restricted area into NSW. As a result, NSW is now allowing the movement of species such as blue swimmer crabs, mud crabs, lobsters, and spanner crabs into …

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Freshwater cod season closes from September

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A CLOSED season applies to Mary River cod and Murray cod from September 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017. Closed season for Murray cod Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officer Coby Walker said the annual closure during spawning season is an important measure to allow the species to reproduce so there are viable stocks of these fish for future generations to …

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Fishos urged to ‘check your bait’

check your bait

WHITE spot disease is a highly contagious viral infection that affects crustaceans such as prawns, crabs and yabbies. It was first discovered on prawn farms in southeast Queensland in December 2016, causing the largest response to an aquatic disease in Queensland’s history. When found in high-intensity production areas such as prawn farms, white spot results in the rapid mortality of …

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Repeat offender cops $15,000 fine for illegal fishing activity

crab pot surveillance fines

A WOODRIDGE man was recently found guilty in Southport Magistrates’ Court for illegal fishing activities, and was fined $15,000. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol was conducting inspections last year on the northern section of the Gold Coast, when Fisheries officers caught the man with four unmarked crab pots, seven undersize male mud crabs, five female mud crabs, and one undersize …

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Boat seized from two Darling River fishers caught netting

darling river illegal fishing

NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries officers recently conducted a surveillance operation on the Darling River upstream of Menindee, where they apprehended two males from Broken Hill. Fisheries officers alleged they observed the two men, aged 64 and 67, using a gill net to take fish from the waters of the Darling River. DPI’s director of fisheries compliance Patrick Tully …

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