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Greedy Brisbane crabber fined for illegal catch

illegal brisbane crabber

A RECREATIONAL crabber who pleaded guilty to five crab-related offences including possessing undersized and female mud crabs has been fined $3100 and ordered to forfeit his crabbing apparatus. During sentencing in the Brisbane Magistrates’ Court, the magistrate referred to the fisher’s “greed and disregard for the future sustainability of crab stocks”. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol field officer Vaughan Heath …

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Illegal fish pirates jailed

A joint effort by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Maritime Border Command, a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force and Parks Australia resulted in the apprehension and subsequent court case. Following investigations by AFMA and Parks Australia, the fishers were found guilty for committing offences against the Australian Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation …

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Fitzroy River barra exceeding expectations

Fitzroy River barra

Fitzroy River barra are getting better and better and for the first time in over 15 years the catch rate for legal sized barramundi in the Fitzroy River has exceeded 1 legal barra per fisher per day. At the end of the first month of the 2017 season the daily catch rate is 1.4 legal fish per fisher. This is 135% …

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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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