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New WA import requirements for prawns and worms

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ON January 8, 2018, Western Australia (WA) modified its import requirements for prawns and polychaete worms easing the restrictions on Queensland products. The modified import requirements apply to crustaceans between Mooloolaba in Queensland and the New South Wales (NSW) border. Western Australia-approved businesses able to meet certain capture and processing requirements based in NSW and northern Queensland are now able …

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Sampling for peacock bass under way at Mackay

An adult peacock bass. Photo: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Fisheries Queensland Deputy Director General Scott Spencer said initial investigations indicate a single peacock bass was caught and released below the Dumbleton Weir in December 2017. “The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has engaged environmental research group Catchment Solutions Pty Ltd who recently commenced sampling,” Mr Spencer said. “The aim of the sampling is to confirm whether there are peacock …

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New Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide now available

2018 Qld Rec Boating and Fishing Guide

Ms Andersen said the Boating and Fishing Guide also includes comprehensive information on boating safety, rules and regulations. “We want to ensure our waterways are as safe as possible for all users, so the guide features detailed information about on board safety equipment and safe navigation,” she said. “Information on marine park zoning has also been included with a map …

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A better understanding of fish and flows in the Murray-Darling Basin

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NEW advisory material explaining how native fish respond to flows and what it means for recreational fishers has been developed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries in partnership with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. The video and series of infographics have been developed in close consultation with anglers across the NSW Basin through an Engaged Anglers Advisory Group. DPI Fisheries …

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Irukandji found in stinger drags at Fraser Island

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SURF Life Saving Queensland can confirm an irukandji has been found at Arch Cliff on Fraser Island during a drag conducted by surf lifesavers on Sunday, January 7. The specimen was sent to Assoc Prof Jamie Seymour at James Cook University to conclusively identify the species, which has been confirmed as a carukia barnesi, a true irukandji. SLSQ has been conducting …

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Temporary recreational fishing exclusion zone to protect NSW

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A SIX-month closure of waters in an exclusion zone immediately adjacent to three operational NSW prawn farms at Yamba has been declared by the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The exclusion zone aims to mitigate the risk of spreading white spot disease to the prawn farms by excluding recreational fishing activity close to the water intake of the prawn farms. …

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Help keep white spot out of NSW this summer

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THE NSW Department of Primary Industries is calling on the public to remain vigilant this summer to ensure NSW remains free of white spot disease. NSW DPI is continuing its work to minimise the spread and keep white spot out of NSW, after it was detected in prawns in southeast Queensland in December 2016. DPI manager Aquatic Biosecurity Juliet Corish …

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$2.1 million fine for overfishing rock lobster

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AUSTRALIAN rock lobster is the best in the world but after the species started to decline from unlimited fishing, the government decided the expensive crustacean was going to be heavily protected. And that was the expensive lesson a number of Wollongong businessmen learnt recently after a judge in the coastal city handed down the biggest fines ever given for illegal …

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Australia and Vietnam working together to combat illegal fishing

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AUSTRALIA and Vietnam will commence an in-country public information campaign to educate Vietnamese fishers about the consequences of illegally fishing in Australian waters and the Pacific in an effort to combat illegal fishing. The campaign is being run by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in partnership with the Vietnamese Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and …

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Record number of Australian bass stocked in NSW

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AUSTRALIAN bass stocked into dams across NSW throughout 2017 have totalled a record 429,000. NSW Department of Primary Industries Inland Fisheries manager Cameron Westaway said the record number of Australian bass, which were produced at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, exceeded the 413,000 produced back in 2013. “This year, DPI has stocked Australian bass into 32 dams throughout the Central West, …

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