Fishing News

Crab pot surveillance nets 25 offenders

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A 12-MONTH Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol surveillance operation in north Queensland has resulted in 25 people being charged with interfering with crab pot apparatus. QBFP north Queensland district manager Glenn Shiels said the operation, which finished in January 2018, targeted Ingham, Townsville, Airlie Beach and Mackay following complaints from recreational and commercial fishers alleging interference with crab pot apparatus. …

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Catch some funding for fish stocking

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APPLICATIONS for the NSW Department of Primary Industries 2018-19 Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program are now open, with angling and community groups, individuals, councils and other relevant organisations encouraged to apply for funding. The program, which is now in its 20th season, offers matching funding to buy fish from registered private hatcheries for restocking into approved public waters in …

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Fly fishing casts a new light on mental health

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“The outdoors creates a relaxed opportunity to share their stories with other men who may be experiencing similar challenges.” For more information on The Fly Program, visit If you or someone you know needs help, call MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78 or for crisis support phone Lifeline 24/7 on 13 11 14 or visit

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Nine fishers saved after six days adrift at sea

nine fishers adrift for six days

The Cape Fourcroy crew resupplied the vessel with food, water and fuel and they were able to proceed back to PNG under their own steam. Commander MBC, Rear Admiral Peter Laver, praised the work of the Cape Fourcroy crew on board. “While our focus in the Torres Strait is protecting Australia’s waters from maritime security threats, the presence of the dedicated crews on our …

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Hazelwood Pondage reopens for Victorian barra fishing opportunities

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A NEW section of Hazelwood Pondage officially opened for Victorian barra fishing action on Thursday, February 1. Gippsland Water has permitted access to a 500m stretch of land, which runs alongside the pondage channel where the majority of barramundi now reside. Some of these trophy fish are longer than a metre and they’re now easier to target than ever before! Note that …

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Australia and Vietnam stamping out illegal fishing

australia vietnam stamping out illegal fishing

THE Australian Fisheries Management Authority has completed a joint public information campaign with the Vietnamese Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Vietnamese Directorate of Fisheries in Vietnam, as part of efforts to combat illegal foreign fishing in our oceans. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said over 200 Vietnamese fishers and government officials attended the …

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Tiger sharks mutilated and remains dumped on WA beach

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“This illegal fishing activity is very concerning,” he said. “I’m also disturbed the offender discarded the remains on a beach close to a swimming area. The fishing activity appears to have been targeted to attract large sharks and therefore fishers should be mindful of the concerns and safety of other water users. “I’m concerned that fishing for large sharks on …

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Fishers fined for sanctuary zone offences

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TWO recreational fishers have been fined more than $2000 after being apprehended fishing in a Solitary Islands Marine Park sanctuary zone in northern NSW recently. NSW Department of Primary Industries fisheries officers responded to a community report and apprehended two men fishing from a boat in a southern sanctuary zone. DPI’s manager for the Solitary Islands Marine Park Nicole Strehling …

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The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

The catch the story of fishing in australia

IN every Australian coastal town, there’s a bait shop and a boat ramp and, in garages around the country, fishing rods await their next outing. Many of us have a special fishing spot and, from generation to generation, families pass on tips and exchange fishy tales of amazing catches and near misses. But the rich history of Australian fishing hasn’t …

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