Fishing Rules

Research under way on Queensland’s east coast trawl fishery

A COLLABORATIVE research project is under way to quantify the amount of discards in the Queensland trawl fishery from 1988 to 2014. The project involving the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the CSIRO is co-funded by the Federal Government’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Project leader and DAF scientist Matthew Campbell said data had been collected as part of …

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$2400 in fines for overfishing pipis

QUEENSLAND Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers found 1763 pipis when they intercepted five recreational fishers in a four-wheel-drive vehicle on North Stradbroke Island. With a possession limit of 50 pipis per person in Queensland, the fishers were legally allowed to collect only 250. Two of the recreational fishers from Brisbane were charged for taking excess pipis and each fined $1200 in …

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Freshwater cod closed season

IN Queensland, Mary River cod and Murray cod closed season runs from September 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016. 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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Australian bass is back

The annual closed season for Australian bass in Queensland tidal waters ends this week. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol manager Ian Fricke said Australian bass had been off limits in tidal waterways from 1 June to 31 August to protect the species during its breeding cycle. “Fishers can return to their favourite tidal waterways to catch Australian bass from Thursday, 1 …

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Compliance operation catches illegal fishing activity in northwest NSW

SEVERAL recreational fishers have been found in breach of fishing regulations along the Namoi, Castlereagh and Barwon rivers in northwest NSW. NSW Department of Primary Industries acting director of Fisheries Compliance Tony Andrews said a recent compliance operation by Fisheries officers focused on the Narrabri, Wee Waa, Coonamble, Walgett, Collarenebri, Dubbo, Tamworth and Inverell regions after rain improved fishing conditions …

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Bundaberg Fishing Report: Quality Flathead, Grunter, Bream

THE offshore fishing forecast for the Bundaberg area is not looking so flash for the weekend, so up the rivers and creeks it is. Luckily enough most of the rivers and creeks are fishing well. The Baffle and Kolan have been producing some quality flathead and grunter, mainly by fishing the first of the making tide. A few mangrove jacks …

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Ghost net retrieved from northern Australian waters

“MBC and its partner agencies are committed to protecting Australia’s natural wildlife and resources. “However, the Australian public is also a valuable partner in helping MBC to identify maritime threats, so if you do encounter a ghost net I would urge you to report it to Border Watch on 1800 009 623.” More information on how Australia is working to …

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Moreton Bay Net Free Area submission

Every year hundreds of kids learn to fish in Moreton Bay. Records indicate that Moreton Island alone is on average 80 percent non-residents on any given day. The Jumpinpin/Southport Broadwater region of southern Moreton Bay continues to be the most popular recreational fishing location in Queensland, providing a safe and productive fishing venue at the heart of the State’s tourist …

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Have your say on Queensland’s fisheries reform

THE Queensland Government has published a vision for the future management of Queensland’s fisheries and announced 10 weeks of consultation with industry, recreational fishers and the community. Fisheries Minister Leanne Donaldson said it has been 22 years since fisheries management has undergone structural reform and modernisation is long overdue. “Our election commitment was to review the framework for sustainable management of our …

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