Fishing Rules

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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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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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. 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 enjoy. “For Mary River …

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

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

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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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Treaty agreement casts tough net over illegal fishing

THE Pacific’s fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing has been further strengthened today with the ratification of the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said the treaty would be of significant benefit to Australia’s broader security and development aims in the Pacific region. “The treaty establishes a legal framework for conducting a …

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Seafood sales on Facebook lead to fine

“It is important that recreational fishers understand that a person must not unlawfully take, possess or sell a regulated fish. Recreational fishers must also be reminded that there are limits on the amount of Fisheries resource they can take.” If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. …

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Night-time patrols see illegal fisher hook $1800 fine

A RECREATIONAL fisher’s assumption the cover of darkness would allow him to poach from a no-take zone undetected proved to be a costly mistake, with the north Queensland man recently caught, convicted and fined $1800. The incident was detected during a night time vessel patrol by Queensland Parks and Wildlife officers inside a no-take Marine National Park Zone (green zone) between Hudson …

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White spot disease containment reinforced

THE Queensland Government today introduced a new biosecurity regulation aimed at strengthening the containment of white spot disease and further protecting Queensland’s multi-million dollar seafood industry. Chief Biosecurity officer Dr Jim Thompson said this regulation has been introduced to contain white spot disease and prevent further outbreaks. “The new regulation provides a balance between preventing further outbreaks of the disease and …

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Aussie bass reminder: closed season starts June 1

FISHERS are being reminded that Australian bass will be off-limits throughout Queensland tidal waters from June 1 until August 31 2017. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol manager Ian Fricke said the closure was in place to protect Australian bass during their breeding cycle. “The annual closure period is vital to protecting this migratory species of fish during a vulnerable time …

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