Fishing Rules

Illegal marine park fishing ends in hefty fine

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A COMMERCIAL fisher has been fined $15,000 for trawling in a marine park and not having his vessel tracking unit turned on. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the fisher was found guilty in the Sandgate Magistrates’ Court of fishing without operating a vessel tracking unit on three occasions, and also for commercial fishing in the …

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Great Barrier Reef poachers fined and convicted

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MARINE Parks helicopter patrols across north Queensland are continuing to catch fishers poaching in green zones, with several offenders fined and convicted in the past month. A series of no-take green zone poaching offences recently went before the Cairns, Townsville and Mackay Magistrates’ Courts, with fines up to $2850 and four convictions recorded — three out of the four were detected by aerial surveillance. …

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New generation of fisheries patrol officers inducted

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THE longest-serving Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol Officers have welcomed a new generation of recruits to Parliament House on their induction day. The fisheries compliance officers are part of a new intake under the Queensland Government’s $20 million Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2020. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the inductees included three Indigenous officers and an …

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Prawn farmers breathe easier after negative white spot disease tests

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THE latest round of surveillance tests conducted by Biosecurity Queensland show no signs of white spot disease in southeast Queensland waters, more than two-and-a-half years after the virus devastated the big prawn farms on the Logan River. It’s a big relief for the prawn farmers whose stocks were destroyed after white spot disease was first discovered two-and-a-half years ago, and …

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Crab poachers feeling the heat in NSW

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FISHERIES officers from the NSW Department of Primary Industries have continued to put the blowtorch on illegal crab fishing and black-market sales. NSWDPI A/Director Fisheries Compliance Brett Andrew said several people including a restaurant owner are in hot water for allegedly dealing illegally in crabs. “Fisheries officers inspected a restaurant in South West Rocks on May 28 and seized a …

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Black day for Burnett Heads black marketers

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A BURNETT Heads father and son have been fined $19,000 for significant black market fishing activity involving more than 90 illegal transactions. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the pair were unlawfully selling thousands of dollars worth of prawns and mud crabs, and were found in possession of regulated fish and commercial fishing apparatus. “This prosecution …

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Using drones to protect our fisheries

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QUEENSLAND Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers are putting an eye in the sky to help protect our state’s fisheries resources with drones being deployed at key locations. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said a fleet of 10 drones would be used by compliance officers to extend their surveillance reach. “By its nature, Queensland Boating and Fisheries …

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Black market fishing could land you in jail

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HEAVIER fines and jail time of up to three years awaits anyone who trades fish on the black market. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said it was one of several changes to the Fisheries Act that had now taken effect. “Anyone found guilty of black marketing or trafficking in fish is looking at fines of up …

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Not knowing crabbing rules results in $7000 fine at Caboolture

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CRABBERS are urged to know Queensland’s crabbing rules after a man was fined more than $7000 for taking undersized crabs from the Caboolture River, north of Brisbane. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said in April 2018, Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers found the man with 11 undersized male mud crabs and eight females, which are …

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New rules to protect black jewfish and Moreton Bay molluscs

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BLACK jewfish are now better protected under new rules that apply to commercial and recreational fishers, and the take of gastropods and bivalve molluscs has been completely banned in Moreton Bay to protect sustainability. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said this was in response to feedback from the community concerned about overfishing of these species. “We’ve …

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