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$10k fine for moving raw prawns out of white spot disease restricted area

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A GOLD Coast bait supplier who moved raw prawns outside the movement restriction area and sold them to a bait shop in the Warwick region has been fined $10,000 in the Brisbane Magistrates’ Court. The Magistrate said the penalty should send a clear message to other industry operators and the public warning them that they will be punished if they …

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Bait rigs for Moreton Bay snapper

SNAPPER are one of those fish that anyone who has picked up a fishing rod dreams about catching. However, you will be lucky if you catch a prize fish on your first trip into Moreton Bay as snapper are very smart and fussy feeders, especially the big ones. Mono or braid? While a well-balanced rod and reel spooled with either …

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Nothing flakey about finding Australia’s best fish and chips

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THE second annual search for Australia best fish and chips shop kicks off tomorrow, with over 100,000 votes expected to be cast in the national competition. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said she encourages everybody to have their say in the 2018 Australian Fish and Chips Awards. “Fish and chips are an Australian icon and we …

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The process of progress outlined in fisheries reform update

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COMPLIANCE activity has been significantly boosted over the first 12 months of implementing Queensland’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy, with the recruitment of 20 new patrol officers. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the first annual update on the Strategy showed good progress in a range of areas. “The Sustainable Fisheries Strategy is the largest reform of the …

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Countdown to annual fishing closure on Fraser Island

Countdown to annual fishing closure on Fraser Island

FISHERS planning a trip to Fraser Island are reminded about the upcoming fishing closure of regulated waters during the annual tailor run. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol Acting District Officer Deryk Smith said the closed season applies from midday August 1 to midday September 30, 2018. “The closure is in place to protect tailor where they congregate for spawning and …

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Offshore mulloway magic in southeast QLD

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IT is that time of year when we are spoilt for species to target offshore. On the shallow grounds we’ve seen a lot of offshore mulloway or jewies as they are affectionately known. Most people associate them with inshore estuaries, rock walls and structure close to river mouths, but they certainly aren’t limited to those areas. The range of these …

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Surveillance results show no further spread of white spot disease

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THE latest round of surveillance results for white spot disease have now been finalised, with the results showing no further spread, which is welcome news for the Queensland seafood industry. More than 60 sites across the state were tested for the virus that causes white spot disease and the findings have shown there is no indication the virus is spreading. …

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Jewfish and tailor arrive on Clarence Coast

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JEWFISH and tailor dominated catches during June here in the Clarence Valley, which is to be expected. I’ve been writing about it for 27 years now and it was happening long before Captain Cook touched down, so it amazes me the number of people still surprised by the yearly event that happens right along the coastline. Winter equals a lot …

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Preparation key to fishing success offshore

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IN the build-up to winter, the Bundaberg area was experiencing little to no good weather for offshore fishing, and when a weekend finally arose, other commitments prevented me from heading out. But at long last a weekend came along when nothing stood in the way and once Friday night arrived, the boat was packed and the alarms set for the …

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$35,690 in fines for Brisbane black market fishers

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A MAJOR sting by the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol has uncovered unlawful black market fishing activities in Brisbane. A total of 70 charges were laid against four men, two of whom were commercial fishers, with a total of $35,690 in fines handed out. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the detection of such significant offences, …

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