Fishing Rules

Illegal fish pirates jailed

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A joint effort by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Maritime Border Command, a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force and Parks Australia resulted in the apprehension and subsequent court case. Following investigations by AFMA and Parks Australia, the fishers were found guilty for committing offences against the Australian Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation …

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Barramundi season reopens

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QUEENSLAND anglers can get their rods and lines back out for the barramundi season which reopened at midday yesterday, February 1. The barramundi season closure had been in force in the Gulf of Carpentaria since October 7 last year and November 1 for the east coast. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Ibell said the closed seasons aimed …

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Public urged to report suspected illegal fishing and help protect the Reef

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WHILE surveillance vessels are out in force over the Christmas period targeting illegal fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, community members are being urged to help to protect the World Heritage Area by being the eyes and ears on the water. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority field management director Chris Cochrane said the Reef belonged to everyone and reporting suspected …

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Second annual coral reef fin fish closed season

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CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from this Saturday, November 26 in the second of two annual closures that protect these fish during spawning season. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Tony Loader said the closure would start immediately after midnight at the beginning of November 26 and end immediately before midnight at the end of November 30. “The …

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Recreational fishing sector pushes for ban on commercial net fishing near major centres

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Mr Hansard, who also runs the Government-funded Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, said net fishing in NSW would be targeted next year after reforms in the commercial sector were completed. This would centre on the Hawkesbury River, the Central Coast and in the Shoalhaven River. “It’s not that recreational fishers are against commercial fishers, no,” Mr Hansard said. “We need to …

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New rules for recreational fishing in Queensland

Minor changes to Queensland’s recreational fishing rules will come into effect from today (October 28, 2016). Fisheries Queensland manager Tony Ham said Queensland’s recreational fishing rules were constantly being evaluated to ensure the best management of the state’s valuable fisheries resources. “The changes will see four new freshwater impoundments added to the list of stocked dams and weirs, which are …

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New moon brings fishing closures

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CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from this Friday, October 28, as the first of two annual fishing closures that protect these fish during spawning season commences. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Tony Loader said the two five-day fishing closures coincided with the new moon when key coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn. “October and November …

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Up to $121,900 fines: Barra off limits in the Gulf of Carpentaria

FISHERS are being reminded that barramundi will be off limits in the Gulf of Carpentaria from midday 7 October 2016 until midday 1 February 2017. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) acting district manager Tony Loader said the closure was in place to protect barramundi stock during their vulnerable spawning season. “Barramundi typically aggregate in one area to spawn, making …

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Recreational fisherman fined $3000 for undersize catch

A BRISBANE recreational fisher who failed to measure his catch of 37 fish, which were all undersize, has been fined $3000 in the Brisbane Magistrates’ Court. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Brett Depper said officers inspected the man’s boat at the Colmslie boat ramp during a patrol in September 2015. “Thirty-seven undersize regulated fish were found in an …

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Fish by the rules these school holidays

IF you’re taking the kids fishing these school holidays, don’t forget to check the rules before dropping a line in. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Rob McDonald said it’s important everyone sticks to the rules, which are in place to ensure sustainable fisheries for future generations of Queensland fishers. “Taking the kids fishing is a wonderful bonding experience and …

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