Fishing Rules

Second annual coral reef fin fish closed season

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CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from this Saturday, November 26 in the second of two annual closures that protect these fish during spawning season. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Tony Loader said the closure would start immediately after midnight at the beginning of November 26 and end immediately before midnight at the end of November 30. “The …

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Recreational fishing sector pushes for ban on commercial net fishing near major centres

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Mr Hansard, who also runs the Government-funded Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, said net fishing in NSW would be targeted next year after reforms in the commercial sector were completed. This would centre on the Hawkesbury River, the Central Coast and in the Shoalhaven River. “It’s not that recreational fishers are against commercial fishers, no,” Mr Hansard said. “We need to …

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New rules for recreational fishing in Queensland

Minor changes to Queensland’s recreational fishing rules will come into effect from today (October 28, 2016). Fisheries Queensland manager Tony Ham said Queensland’s recreational fishing rules were constantly being evaluated to ensure the best management of the state’s valuable fisheries resources. “The changes will see four new freshwater impoundments added to the list of stocked dams and weirs, which are …

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New moon brings fishing closures

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CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from this Friday, October 28, as the first of two annual fishing closures that protect these fish during spawning season commences. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Tony Loader said the two five-day fishing closures coincided with the new moon when key coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn. “October and November …

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Up to $121,900 fines: Barra off limits in the Gulf of Carpentaria

FISHERS are being reminded that barramundi will be off limits in the Gulf of Carpentaria from midday 7 October 2016 until midday 1 February 2017. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) acting district manager Tony Loader said the closure was in place to protect barramundi stock during their vulnerable spawning season. “Barramundi typically aggregate in one area to spawn, making …

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Recreational fisherman fined $3000 for undersize catch

A BRISBANE recreational fisher who failed to measure his catch of 37 fish, which were all undersize, has been fined $3000 in the Brisbane Magistrates’ Court. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Brett Depper said officers inspected the man’s boat at the Colmslie boat ramp during a patrol in September 2015. “Thirty-seven undersize regulated fish were found in an …

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Fish by the rules these school holidays

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IF you’re taking the kids fishing these school holidays, don’t forget to check the rules before dropping a line in. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Rob McDonald said it’s important everyone sticks to the rules, which are in place to ensure sustainable fisheries for future generations of Queensland fishers. “Taking the kids fishing is a wonderful bonding experience and …

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Research under way on Queensland’s east coast trawl fishery

A COLLABORATIVE research project is under way to quantify the amount of discards in the Queensland trawl fishery from 1988 to 2014. The project involving the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the CSIRO is co-funded by the Federal Government’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Project leader and DAF scientist Matthew Campbell said data had been collected as part of …

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$2400 in fines for overfishing pipis

QUEENSLAND Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers found 1763 pipis when they intercepted five recreational fishers in a four-wheel-drive vehicle on North Stradbroke Island. With a possession limit of 50 pipis per person in Queensland, the fishers were legally allowed to collect only 250. Two of the recreational fishers from Brisbane were charged for taking excess pipis and each fined $1200 in …

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