New plans unveiled: Rocky’s way to lure in tourists

IT’S the fishing platform vision that the Rocky community has been angling for. The same people that brought the city a second boat ramp have spoken up about the need for more fishing vantage points along the Fiztroy River. Rockhampton Regional Council is now investigating drafts for six land based fishing platforms. North and South Rockhampton will be covered with …

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White spot disease update

Biosecurity Queensland is stepping up surveillance along the state’s coast for any signs of White Spot Disease in prawns. Queensland Chief Biosecurity Officer Jim Thompson said the increased surveillance was an essential part of the response to this exotic threat. “We’ve increased our efforts in Moreton Bay including the sampling of prawns for testing from southern Moreton Bay to Deception …

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Hervey Bay fishing with Fraser Guided Fishing

Hervey Bay fishing with Fraser Guided Fishing 7

It had been a long time since I’d caught decent size pelagic fish and I’d forgotten just how much fun it is to have your line-burning retrieve stopped in its tracks as a super-fast sportfish takes off in the other direction with your lure in its mouth. Having not previously caught mackerel on anything heavier than 10lb gear, I was …

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Daly River delivers $10,000 barra

daly river barra million dollar fish

ANOTHER Northern Territorian is thousands of dollars richer after catching a tagged barramundi in the NT Government’s second season of the Million Dollar Fish competition. The 72cm barra was hooked on the Daly River by Howard Springs man Craig ‘Curly’ Saxelby. Mr Saxelby used live bait to hook the winner, which was the eighth prize-tagged fish and the fifth from …

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35 percent reduction in bycatch trial

new by-catch device

A NEW by-catch device has delivered impressive results that will improve the sustainability of fishing operations of wild catch prawns in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston recently met with the developer, Mr Kon Triantopoulos, and representatives of the NPF industry to hear how this device works. “The trial results indicated a statistically …

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Insights into snapper genetics

snapper genetics

NEW research shows there are two genetically different snapper stocks off the Australian east coast, where it was previously believed all snapper were part of a single stock. Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries scientist Dr Jess Morgan said this was the first project to use fine-scale sampling and highly variable genetic markers to measure the number of genetically distinct …

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Australian and QLD governments work together on white spot outbreak

white spot disease prawns

THE Commonwealth and Queensland governments today reaffirmed their shared commitment to support prawn farmers impacted by white spot virus and pledged to continue to work together to eradicate the disease. Commonwealth Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston and Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne said dealing with the outbreak was one of the highest priorities for …

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Samaki Mighty Mulloway shirt

samaki mighty mulloway fishing shirt

ON a new Samaki shirt design, the mighty mulloway chases down a Samaki Vibelicious Thumper Tail amongst the pylons, with a mullet, bream and squid lurking in the shadows so as not to draw attention to themselves. The water laps around the pylons with so much detail you’ll feel as though you’re sitting atop the jetty yourself. The lightweight fabric …

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