Fishing News

Greater Brisbane prawning report

brisbane prawning report

AFTER a very dry start to summer with little rain, particularly on the southside of Brisbane, big prawns were scarce apart from in the Pine and Caboolture rivers, where good solid-sized medium prawns were about with a sprinkling of large, and a school of large bananas in the Albert River in November. There were good schools of small prawns everywhere …

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Fish kill in Tweed River near Murwillumbah

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THE weekend’s rain seems to have triggered a fish kill in the Tweed River around Murwillumbah. Inspections by Tweed Shire Council officers on January 21, 2020 revealed dead fish on the water’s surface between Condong and the Commercial Rd boat ramp in Murwillumbah. Council’s Waterways Program leader Tom Alletson said the numbers of dead fish were estimated to be 200 …

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GPS marks for FADs off southeast Queensland

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TAKE a selfie with one of Queensland’s fish-attracting devices and enter a competition to reel in some wicked prizes! GPS Marks There’s 10 FADs deployed from Double Island Point to the Gold Coast, so show Fisheries Queensland how much you’re loving fishing in this weather and you could win one of the prizes listed below. GPS Marks. How to enter: …

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Officers catch fishers and restaurants red handed

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FISHERIES officers from the NSW Department of Primary Industries have continued to crack down on the illegal possession and sale of recreationally caught fish. NSW DPI Acting Director Fisheries Compliance, Anthony Chen, is reminding recreational fishers and restaurateurs to follow the rules or face the consequences. Mr Chen said the warning follows a number of convictions of fishers and restaurateurs …

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Great Barrier Reef visitors urged to be Reef smart

great barrier reef smart

WITH thousands of people enjoying the Great Barrier Reef during the summer holidays, visitors are reminded to follow responsible Reef practices and be Reef smart when out on the water or visiting islands. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Reef Protection acting general manager Belinda Jago said enjoying different activities and experiences throughout the iconic World Heritage Area needed to …

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Flathead stocking trial a first for NSW

dusky flathead stocking nsw

THE Port Stephens Fisheries Institute has now successfully reared juvenile dusky flathead and in early December, NSW Department of Primary Industries released 1200 flathead measuring about 15cm in the southern areas of Lake Macquarie in the greater Newcastle area. DPI has been working on breeding technology for duskies over the past year to hopefully enable large-scale dusky flathead stocking in …

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Boat crushing sends loud, clear message to illegal fishers

boat crushing black market fishing

THE fishing boat at the centre of Queensland’s biggest black market fisheries bust has been reduced to recycling material after being seized and crushed by the State Government. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the 4.3m aluminium vessel was crushed to show all fishers what can happen if they flout Queensland’s fisheries laws. “This boat crushing …

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I’m fishing for a whiting Christmas – choose local fish and seafood

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WITH Christmas Day almost upon us, waves of Australians are beginning to stream into their local fish markets in search of delicious, nutritious and sustainable Australian seafood. Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie, said Australian seafood comes from the safest and best managed fisheries in the world, and encouraged all Australians to choose local seafood this summer. “Australians consume an average …

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Snap it, share it and reel in some great prizes

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FISHERS have the chance to win some great prizes simply by taking a selfie at southeast Queensland’s newest attractions. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the 10 Fish Attracting Devices (FADs) have proved very popular since they were installed off the Gold and Sunshine Coasts last month. “We’re already seeing photos on social media of people …

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Five facts about Aussie prawns

aussie prawns

AUSTRALIANS are well known for their fondness of seafood, especially over Christmas. In fact, around six million kilograms – or a staggering 40 percent – of our annual prawn consumption occurs over Christmas alone. So with the festive season on the doorstep, what better time to dive into some prawn facts. Fact 1: Where did you come from? Have you …

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