Crab pot clean-up in Maroochy River

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MOOLOOLABA Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers have begun a crab pot clean-up in the Maroochy River as part of Fisheries Queensland’s #WarOnWasteAU. After covering only a quarter of the river system, officers seized 64 non-compliant or abandoned crab apparatus and will be completing a clean-up of the river and other two major systems on the Sunshine Coast over the coming …

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Spanner crabs off-limits in Queensland

QUEENSLAND’S annual spanner crab closed season for recreational and commercial fishers commences at midnight on November 20 and runs until midnight, December 20. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Russell Overton said the annual closure protected spanner crabs during breeding season. “The closed season allows the crabs to spawn, replenishing crab stocks to ensure a sustainable fishery for future …

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Make the most of mixed species at Stanage Bay

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 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, on Facebook, by email at or call me on 07 4937 3145. Until next time, keep your lines and hooks wet.

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Large fines for illegal crabbing on Gold Coast

TWO men have received fines totalling $20,000 after being caught with female and undersize crabs at night on the northern end of the Gold Coast. Illegal crabbing Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers conducted surveillance at Shipper Drive on the Gold Coast after receiving complaints from recreational fishers. QBFP officer Ryan Stove said around 10.30pm, officers intercepted two men as they …

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Brothers out of pocket more than $11,000 for crabbing offences

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TWO brothers were fined more than $6000 after pleading guilty in the Cleveland Magistrates’ Court to using excess crab pots in a Moreton Bay Marine Park conservation zone. The brothers, aged 18 and 19, were intercepted in a targeted operation by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol Officers in December 2015. QPWS principal ranger …

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Hefty fines for undersized recreational catch in far north

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TWO recreational fishers found with a large catch of undersized fish and mud crabs in far north Queensland have been fined $19,000 in the Ayr Magistrates’ Court. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol field officer Trevor Thomson said valuable information from a member of the public led fisheries officers to identifying the offenders. “QBFP officers searched a van during a patrol …

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Choose Australian seafood this Christmas!

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THE festive season is the perfect time to enjoy fresh, sustainably harvested and locally caught seafood. After another fantastic year for Commonwealth fisheries, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston is encouraging Australians to remember sustainable, local seafood when planning the Christmas menu this year. “The warmer weather is perfect for enjoying just one of the many seafood …

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Update on white spot disease in SEQ

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BIOSECURITY Queensland has completed destruction activities in all production ponds on all the white spot disease infected premises in the Logan River area. In accordance with the nationally agreed emergency animal disease response plan, all ponds on infected premises must be destocked. The priority is to protect the immediate environment and the broader industry from any potential source of infection …

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Restrictions imposed in Logan River to contain prawn disease

white spot disease

Penalties apply to people who breach the movement control order. Biosecurity Queensland has completed destocking and disinfection of one of the infected properties and will continue containment and control measures on the second and third properties today. Surveillance of all properties in the area is continuing. It is crucial that all farmers monitor their stock closely and report any unusual …

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Closed season for spanner crabs

QUEENSLAND’S annual spanner crab closed season for recreational and commercial fishing commences at midnight on November 20 and runs through until midnight on December 20. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Russell Overton said the closed season protects spanner crabs when they are most vulnerable during their breeding season. “The closed season gives the crabs a chance to spawn …

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