Fishing News

Flathead stocking trial a first for NSW

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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

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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

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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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Letter from Sunfish to Fisheries Minister regarding commercial fishers

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DEAR Minister, I understand the Bill to go to Cabinet on December 9, 2019 to progress the commercial allocation process for the Harvest Strategy has been further delayed. It is very important to get this Bill into the January sitting to be progressed. The recreational sector has co-operated with the process and has accepted a large reduction in catch of …

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Study finds uses for dead carp

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RESEARCHERS at Curtin University in Western Australia found a range of successful uses for dead carp, from fertiliser to feed. This could help use the large amounts of dead carp, which would be generated if the all governments in Australia decided to introduce the carp virus to control this pest fish. The study investigated various utilisation options which could also …

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World-class fishing experience not a passing FAD

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QUEENSLAND fishers are set to reel in a great catch with the installation of 10 new fish-attracting devices (FADs) off the southeast Queensland coast this week. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the FADs are floating buoys tethered offshore to attract fish. “We’re creating a world-class experience by investing $1 million in these structures that will …

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New shellfish reef for South Australia

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An exciting partnership between the South Australian Government and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is set to build a second shellfish reef for the state. With South Australia’s first 20-hectare shellfish reef near Ardrossan – Windara Reef – soon to be completed, a second reef for the state is now in the works. The new reef will be constructed in Adelaide’s …

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Protecting our water quality – carp virus

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Carp Virus – Researchers at the University of Adelaide found that in many Australian inland waterways, risks to water quality associated with the potential release of the carp virus would be minimal in many areas and manageable in others. “If the carp virus is released to control carp,” explains Principal Investigator Justin Brooks “the ecosystem will need to cope with …

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