Fishing Rules

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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Concealed crabs cost Logan River fisher $17,000 fine

A BRISBANE recreational fisher with a history of fisheries infringements has been fined $17,000 for crabbing offences on the Logan River. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol acting district manager Mark Saul said fisheries officers intercepted the Stretton man’s vehicle leaving Marks Rd boat ramp at Woongoolba during a targeted operation against illegal crabbing. They found 104 mud crabs, including 51 …

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Large fines for illegal crabbing on Gold Coast

TWO men have received fines totalling $20,000 after being caught with female and undersize crabs at night on the northern end of the Gold Coast. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers conducted surveillance at Shipper Drive on the Gold Coast after receiving complaints from recreational fishers. QBFP officer Ryan Stove said around 10.30pm, officers intercepted two men as they were …

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Brothers out of pocket more than $11,000 for crabbing offences

TWO brothers were fined more than $6000 after pleading guilty in the Cleveland Magistrates’ Court to using excess crab pots in a Moreton Bay Marine Park conservation zone. The brothers, aged 18 and 19, were intercepted in a targeted operation by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol Officers in December 2015. QPWS principal ranger …

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$9000 fine for illegal netting in far north Queensland

A north Queensland recreational fisher has been fined $9000 after pleading guilty to four fishing offences in the Ingham Magistrates’ Court. The man was charged with unlawfully using two commercial fishing nets, possessing four commercial fishing nets and two protected sawfish rostrums, and making a misleading statement to Fisheries Queensland officers. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Marsh …

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$18,000 fine for Logan River crabbing offences

A Mount Warren Park man has been fined $18,000 in the Beenleigh Magistrates’ Court for multiple fisheries offences on the Logan River. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Rob McDonald said the fisher faced 17 charges following a three-month investigation into illegal crabbing and the subsequent sale of crabs. “The charges included taking and possessing female and undersize male …

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