Fishing News

Reconsider non-essential travel to the bay islands

Southern Moreton Bay islands

The Redland City Local Disaster Management Group  and Redland City Council are encouraging people to reconsider their need for non-essential travel to the Redlands Coast islands. This includes North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), Coochiemudlo Island (Goochie mudlo), and the four Southern Moreton Bay islands of Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo), Macleay (Jencoomercha) and Karragarra. The request comes as Chair of the Redland …

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Coronavirus changes tropical rock lobster fishery

Tropical rock lobster

Coronavirus changes tropical rock lobster fishery area – Temporary expansion of tropical rock lobster fishery area Due to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the tropical rock lobster fishery area has been temporarily expanded south to 18°S (just north of Cardwell) for three months – this temporary expansion will be in place until, and including, 9 June 2020. This …

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Recreational fishers furious at Queensland government

rec fishers furious understanding recreational fishing

FOLLOWING a state-wide telephone conference last week, a network of concerned recreational fishing activists issued the following statement: The Sustainable Fisheries Strategy reforms Queensland Labor PROMISED us to improve our fish stocks appear to have been canned! Reforms that would have seen fish stock level ultimately raised to those already existing in the Net Free Zones were supposed to be …

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Illegal fishers cop $63,000 in fines after Operation Turbo Reef

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MORE than 6251 marine invertebrates have been seized, 337 offences detected and $63,000 in fines issued in an operation designed to target illegal shellfish collection in the Sydney metropolitan region. The issuing of fines has completed Operation Turbo Reef, an initiative of NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries Compliance Unit. Acting Director Fisheries Compliance Brett Andrew said the operation is …

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East coast black jewfish fishery closed

A cm black jewfish that was caught and released.

East coast black jewfish fishery CLOSED The annual catch limit for the east coast has been reached. Black jewfish is a no-take species on the east coast for all fishers for the rest of the 2020 calendar year. Penalties apply to any fisher caught taking black jewfish on the east coast during this closure. Penalties of up to $400 000 or 3 years imprisonment apply to any …

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Fish smugglers schooled at Melbourne Airport

Fish smugglers schooled at Melbourne Airport

TWO prospective fish smugglers have been intercepted at Melbourne International Airport attempting to bring 122 live fish into Australia on a commercial flight. Head of Biosecurity Lyn O’Connell said the seizure was a joint effort between the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the Australian Border Force. “As part of an intelligence-led operation, the two passengers were selected …

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Coral parenting put under the microscope


A TOWNSVILLE scientist is undertaking new research to investigate the best way to produce diverse corals that might be used to restore and maintain healthy coral reefs. Researcher Annika Lamb has mixed the eggs and sperm of multiple corals together and is using genetic markers to identify the parents of the larvae produced. “We recently collected corals from the field …

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Threatened fish rescued across NSW

fish rescued nsw

RELOCATIONS of threatened fish have been conducted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries from western NSW to the coast, to help protect our native fish species from challenging environmental conditions. NSW DPI Senior Fisheries Manager Threatened Species Dr Trevor Daly said drought, high temperatures, bushfires and heavy rainfall have placed already threatened fish species across NSW under even greater …

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Million Dollar Fish: First charity fish reeled in!

million dollar fish

Rural Area resident reels in first purple tag of Million Dollar Fish S5 The first charity fish has been caught as part of BetEasy’s Million Dollar Fish Season 5 competition, with Territorian Adam Waye reeling in the lucrative barra on Tuesday, 4 February. Worth $5,000 in total, the purple tagged fish will see $2,500 go to Mr Waye, with $2,500 …

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Shark control measures return to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

shark control program queensland shark control measures

THE Australian Government has committed $5 million to help the Queensland Government re-deploy shark control measures such as drumlines and improve swimmer safety inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. An initial $4 million will help support Queensland’s transition to non-lethal shark control measures with further costs to be assessed as the Queensland Government implements: • SMART drumline trials • …

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