$2.1 million fine for overfishing rock lobster

rock lobster fine

AUSTRALIAN rock lobster is the best in the world but after the species started to decline from unlimited fishing, the government decided the expensive crustacean was going to be heavily protected. And that was the expensive lesson a number of Wollongong businessmen learnt recently after a judge in the coastal city handed down the biggest fines ever given for illegal …

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New Atomic Arrowz two-piece rods

atomic arrowz two-piece rods

ATOMIC Arrowz fishing rods launched in early 2017 and brought together highly advanced designs and the finest Fuji components assembled on a full-graphite blank. Designed originally as a series of one-piece rods, customer demand has seen the introduction of two-piece Atomic Arrowz models featuring all the same high-quality components. The focus has been on the Estuary, Offshore and Bream-specific models …

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Gracemere Rocky Barra Bounty a resounding success

2017 gracemere rocky barra bounty

Floodgates opened about a week before the comp was to commence. It was clean water, so competitors in the Gracemere Rocky Barra Bounty were still hopeful it wouldn’t chase the barra from the top half of the river. Only three days out, the water turned from clean to mud as the dirty water from the Dawson area arrived. I think …

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Queensland barra fishing road trip

queensland barra fishing

During the heavy rain just two weeks prior to the trip, immense amounts of water had gone over the dam wall. Even so, we were still keen to give it a crack. As we arrived at the dam, a massive storm rolled through and we had to wait it out before hitting the water. We launched the boat at about …

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2018 Boondooma Dam Family Yellowbelly Fishing Competition

2018 boondooma yellowbelly fishing comp

BOONDOOMA Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition spokesman Terry Allwood said with the lake fishing extremely well, the 2018 event should set new records in both the long-standing gilled and gutted section as well as the catch and release component. Cash and other prizes will be presented at the end of each of the three sessions as well as overall competition winners …

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Gamakatsu Inline Circles

gamakatsu inline singles

INTRODUCING the Gamakatsu Inline Big Bait Circle Straight Eye hooks, which are 4x strong and crafted using Gamakatsu’s state-of-the-art tempering process in temperature-controlled oil baths. These all-new hooks are high-end tournament-friendly circles. They are heavy and versatile, designed to catch all reef species and pretty much any fish that pulls hard. They can be trolled, stitched into fresh bait or …

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A bright new future for commercial fishing in NSW

nsw commercial fishing reform

THE biggest reform in NSW commercial fishing in two decades kicked off recently, with the introduction of new quota and management arrangements. ​NSW Primary Industries deputy director general Dr Geoff Allan said it was ‘day one’ of what will be a new and economically viable commercial fishing industry. “The NSW Government has delivered what was promised last year – less …

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Australia and Vietnam working together to combat illegal fishing

australia vietnam combat illegal fishing

AUSTRALIA and Vietnam will commence an in-country public information campaign to educate Vietnamese fishers about the consequences of illegally fishing in Australian waters and the Pacific in an effort to combat illegal fishing. The campaign is being run by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in partnership with the Vietnamese Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and …

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Woolgoolga Headland is home to diverse species

woolgoolga headland nsw

WOOLGOOLGA Headland, 26km north of Coffs Harbour, is part of the habitat protection zone of the Solitary Islands Marine Park and is home to animals including snails, barnacles, limpets, oysters, crabs and starfish. NSW DPI’s manager for the Solitary Islands Marine Park Nicole Strehling said fishing and hand collection of fish and shellfish is permitted at Woolgoolga Headland, but must …

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Record number of Australian bass stocked in NSW

australian bass stocked nsw

AUSTRALIAN bass stocked into dams across NSW throughout 2017 have totalled a record 429,000. NSW Department of Primary Industries Inland Fisheries manager Cameron Westaway said the record number of Australian bass, which were produced at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, exceeded the 413,000 produced back in 2013. “This year, DPI has stocked Australian bass into 32 dams throughout the Central West, …

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