Fishing Rules

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

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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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Commercial fisher fined $12,000

commercial fisher fined $12,000

A NORTH Queensland commercial fisher has been fined $12,000 after being found guilty of four complaints comprising 19 charges under the Fisheries Act 1994. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Officer Dan Sweeney said the commercial fisher pleaded guilty to all four matters in the Cairns Magistrates’ Court. “The four matters involved a variety of offences including taking or possessing …

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Bundaberg fishers fined $7180 for illegal crabs stashed in boat

bundaberg fishers fined crabs illegal

THE successful court prosecution of two Bundaberg fishers for crabbing offences is a timely reminder to local anglers to comply with Queensland’s fishing rules and regulations. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Geoffrey Fergusson said two recreational Bundaberg fishers were charged with a range of offences following a routine vessel inspection at the Elliot River in April 2017. “Fisheries …

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Crab pot surveillance nets 25 offenders

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A 12-MONTH Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol surveillance operation in north Queensland has resulted in 25 people being charged with interfering with crab pot apparatus. QBFP north Queensland district manager Glenn Shiels said the operation, which finished in January 2018, targeted Ingham, Townsville, Airlie Beach and Mackay following complaints from recreational and commercial fishers alleging interference with crab pot apparatus. …

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Australia and Vietnam stamping out illegal fishing

australia vietnam stamping out illegal fishing

THE Australian Fisheries Management Authority has completed a joint public information campaign with the Vietnamese Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Vietnamese Directorate of Fisheries in Vietnam, as part of efforts to combat illegal foreign fishing in our oceans. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said over 200 Vietnamese fishers and government officials attended the …

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Tiger sharks mutilated and remains dumped on WA beach

tiger sharks remains mutilated wa

“This illegal fishing activity is very concerning,” he said. “I’m also disturbed the offender discarded the remains on a beach close to a swimming area. The fishing activity appears to have been targeted to attract large sharks and therefore fishers should be mindful of the concerns and safety of other water users. “I’m concerned that fishing for large sharks on …

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Fishers fined for sanctuary zone offences

commercial fisher fined $12,000

TWO recreational fishers have been fined more than $2000 after being apprehended fishing in a Solitary Islands Marine Park sanctuary zone in northern NSW recently. NSW Department of Primary Industries fisheries officers responded to a community report and apprehended two men fishing from a boat in a southern sanctuary zone. DPI’s manager for the Solitary Islands Marine Park Nicole Strehling …

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Get ready for barra season

barra season opens 2018

QUEENSLAND anglers are gearing up for barra season, which re-opens at midday on Thursday, February 1. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness reminded fishers to check the size and possession limits that apply to the iconic fish when the barra season opens. “Before dropping a line, it’s important that fishers refresh their knowledge of the rules and …

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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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