Great Barrier Reef

Bad weather abates for Turkey Beach trip

turkey beach goldband

The good news is the goldbands were still there, as were huge pearlies and big snapper. George made another spectacle of himself with a great double hook-up of the largest redthroat of the trip and a big snapper. We were impressed by the consistent size of the parrot and redthroat out deep and the quality of the pearl perch was …

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Australia’s underwater natural wonder in never-before-seen detail

underwater natural wonder gbr

Minister Canavan said the data is the product of a four-year scientific partnership between Geoscience Australia, James Cook University and the Australian Hydrographic Service. “The Great Barrier Reef is an Australian icon and natural wonder and Queenslanders are lucky to call it their own,” Minister Canavan said. “Having 1.5 million sq km of data shows us the reef’s structure and …

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Second annual coral reef fin fish closed season for 2017

coral reef fin fish new moon closure

CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from Wednesday, November 15 in the second of two annual closures that protect these fish during spawning season. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Robert Russell said the closure would start immediately after midnight at the beginning of November 15 and end immediately before midnight at the end of November 19. “October …

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Experiencing the Bunker Group reefs

bunker group reefs crayfish

It is important to remember when entering the water that you are entering the fish’s world. You are the unexpected guest, not them. A lot of people fear what can be found in our Queensland waters and it is only normal in the beginning, especially being a fisher and knowing that about 20 percent of fish caught in the shallows …

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Hosting Creek to Coast for epic nannygai action

nannygai coral trout hinchinbrook creek to coast

It wasn’t a bad run to the islands, but as we pushed out past them we became really exposed to the swell, so we just took our time and anchored up on the first rock. Almost as soon as the bait hit the bottom, the boys were on, with a couple of solid fish of about 3kg coming over the …

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Night-time patrols see illegal fisher hook $1800 fine

commercial fisher fined $12,000

A RECREATIONAL fisher’s assumption the cover of darkness would allow him to poach from a no-take zone undetected proved to be a costly mistake, with the north Queensland man recently caught, convicted and fined $1800. The incident was detected during a night time vessel patrol by Queensland Parks and Wildlife officers inside a no-take Marine National Park Zone (green zone) between Hudson …

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Better ballast biosecurity will help protect Great Barrier Reef

THE protection of Australia’s marine environment, Great Barrier Reef and $2.8 billion fisheries and aquaculture industries from foreign pests will be enhanced with the  Government’s ratification of the ‘International Convention for the Control of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediment’ tonight in London. protect Great Barrier Reef Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce said the …

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Make the most of mixed species at Stanage Bay

stanage bay mackerel

 The fishing accommodation was set up for fishos by fishos and is close to the boat ramp, pub, servo and tackle shop.  Ask for Pacific Villa or Pacific Oasis when you call. You can contact us at stanagebay.com, on Facebook, by email at stanagebaymarine@bigpond.com or call me on 07 4937 3145. Until next time, keep your lines and hooks wet.

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Massive-scale destruction of Great Barrier Reef

great barrier reef bleached coral

While it is acknowledged that governments are attending to some aspects and attempting to mitigate effects, it must be said that unless Australia leads an urgent change in world attitude towards climate repair, the immediate and long-term future of the Great Barrier Reef, its fishery and dependant economies are in grave peril. CAREFISH position statement CAREFISH is alarmed and distressed …

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