Fishing News

New moon brings second coral reef fin fish fishing closure for 2019

coral reef fin fish fishing closure 2019

CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits again from Sunday, November 24, 2019 when the second of two annual fin fish fishing closure periods commences to protect these fishing during spawning. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Tony Loader said the five-day closure coincides with the new moon when key coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn. “October and …

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92 ghost crab pots pulled from Moreton Bay

ghost crab pots moreton bay

DURING October Queensland National Parks rangers joined forces with Fisheries Queensland (Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol) to tackle ghost crab pots in #MoretonBay Marine Park. Abandoned ghost crab pots can entangle or trap a variety of marine wildlife and there is also a risk to birds and other animals that may enter the pots on a low tide and drown as the tide rises. The …

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Man mauled by crocodile drives over an hour home to call ambulance


An off-duty ranger who was mauled by a crocodile in a remote part of Queensland fought off the beast and drove more than an hour home to call an ambulance. The man, in his 50s, was attacked by a crocodile in the Shelburne area near the tip of Cape York Peninsula while fishing about 5pm yesterday. The reptile bit his …

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Australian seafood companies make a splash in Silicon Valley


When it comes to innovation, Australian seafood businesses are making waves – globally. Seven Australian seafood companies battled their way past fierce global competition for the opportunity to pitch to investors at a competitive Silicon Valley pitch session – the Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum – which took place last week. The Fish 2.0 Global Innovators forum is a two-day …

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Illegal fishing nets cause destruction of Logan wildlife

illegal fishing nets logan river

QUEENSLAND Boating and Fisheries Patrol has launched an investigation after scores of native wildlife including turtles, fish and even an eagle were found dead in illegal fishing nets in the Logan River. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the four nets were discovered by the QBFP in the river at Jimboomba. “As many as 120 turtles, …

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If we build FADs the fish will come

fads mahi mahi offshore sunshine coast

QUEENSLANDERS are being asked to have their say on proposed and future locations of fish-attraction devices to create the next batch of world-class fishing spots when they are deployed this summer. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the Queensland Government wants to install the devices, known as FADs, off the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. “FADs are …

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More than one thousand native fish rescued in Lower Darling operation

Lower Darling

The NSW Government has successfully relocated more than 1100 native fish as part of a targeted fish rescue operation in the Lower Darling, where drying pools and warming temperatures pose an imminent threat to fish survival. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall recently visited Menindee and the Lower Darling River where the latest efforts were focused. “The relocation operations have been …

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Thousands set to go fishing this Sunday, October 20

gone fishing day sunday october 20 2019

NSW Department of Primary Industries’ fifth annual Gone Fishing Day is set to attract thousands of individuals and families to the water this Sunday, October 20 for a fun-filled day of fishing. NSW DPI Group Director Recreational and Aboriginal Fisheries Pete Turnell, said Gone Fishing Day offers the community a great excuse to get outdoors to celebrate our love of …

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Shark Control Program science and research

shark control program queensland shark control measures

FISHERIES Queensland supports ongoing research as part of Shark Control Program operations. Several projects and a Scientific Working Group are examining the effectiveness of the program and investigating better ways of reducing the accidental capture of other marine animals (non-target species). Review of shark control alternatives The Queensland Government has committed $1 million a year to research and trialling alternatives …

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Marine pests can’t hide from underwater eye in Mackay

IN what is a first for Queensland, an ‘early warning’ detection system has been placed in the water at the Port of Mackay to find any traces of exotic marine pests. Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said Queensland boasted some of Australia’s and the world’s best marine environments, but they were at risk from unwelcome visitors. “We need to keep …

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