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$35,690 in fines for Brisbane black market fishers

fined black market activities brisbane

A MAJOR sting by the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol has uncovered unlawful black market fishing activities in Brisbane. A total of 70 charges were laid against four men, two of whom were commercial fishers, with a total of $35,690 in fines handed out. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the detection of such significant offences, …

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Marine plant damage costs Sunshine Coast company over $29,000

marine plant damage sunshine coast

A SUNSHINE Coast company which damaged protected marine plants of cultural significance to the local Indigenous community has been convicted and fined more than $29,000 in the Maroochydore Magistrates’ Court. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the detection of the offences and the fines imposed sent a clear message that the wilful damage of marine plant …

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$12,000 fine to deter fisheries black marketing

commercial fisher fined $12,000 deter black marketing

A CLONTARF recreational fisher who sold crabs unlawfully has been convicted and fined $12,000 in the Redcliffe Magistrates’ Court. During sentencing, the Magistrate commented that the offending was commercially motivated and had a detrimental effect on recreational and commercial fishers. Referring to the fisher’s history of fisheries offences, the Magistrate said the court penalty should send a clear message to …

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Mackay fisher fined $4000 for possessing too many mackerel

possessing too many mackerel

A MACKAY recreational fisher was fined $4000 for possessing 15 excess spanish mackerel and $1500 for obstructing a Fisheries officer, with the fish being forfeited to the State. On August 1, 2017 QBFP officers conducted a patrol at the Mackay Marina where they inspected a recreational fishing vessel with three people on board. The vessel’s owner was deemed to be …

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Three people fined $6177 for illegal netting at Nudgee

fined illegal netting nudgee

THE Pinkenba Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol in conjunction with staff from Queensland Parks and Wildlife (Moreton Bay Marine Park) have been undertaking joint patrols of the Nudgee beach area following fish watch reports of illegal netting occurring. During one patrol the team issued fines to three individuals totalling $6177. Two nets were located and seized, with the longest being …

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Recreational fisher convoy voices concerns about catch limits

fisher convoy catch limits

What was expected was that a line wold be drawn in the sand and for each species the existing data would be used to calculate current catch share amongst all sectors: commercial, recreational, indigenous and conservation (theirs stay in the water). If a species was then identified as in trouble everyone would take an equal hit based on their catch …

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Clarifying discussions about fisheries reform process and possession limits

fisheries reform possession limits

Dear all, There has been quite a lot of discussion about possession limits across the recreational fishing network recently and I just wanted to reiterate a few important points (and dispel a few pieces of misinformation that seem to be getting around): NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE. There continue to be comments that Fisheries Queensland has already decided on what …

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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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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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