Illegal pipi collecting results in $10,000 worth of fines

THREE recreational fishers have been fined a total of $10,000 at the Noosa Magistrates Court for exceeding pipi possession limits and obstructing fisheries officers. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Brett Depper said a recent patrol of Teewah Beach, north of Noosa, found two incidents of illegal pipi collecting. “In the first incident, a family was found to have …

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Abusive fisher fined $9700

A CARDWELL fisher fined $9700 for abusing officers and using commercial fishing gear without a licence has learnt a costly lesson. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Rob Ibell said the heavy penalty should serve as a reminder to other fishers that abusive behaviour towards officers would not be tolerated. “QBFP officers responded to a complaint from a member …

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QBFP Clam-ping down on mollusc limit

QUEENSLAND Boating and Fisheries Patrol is reminding fishers that a total in-possession mollusc limit of 50 applies to pipis, cockles and mud whelks following increased reports of people taking excess molluscs at Redland Bay. QBFP district officer Matt Davidson said in Queensland, a person can only legally take and possess 50 molluscs and gastropods at any given time. “The possession …

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Choose Australian seafood for your Easter feast

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, is encouraging consumers to buy Australian seafood this Easter – or catch your own! “Easter is a time of year when many Australian families enjoy a traditional meal of seafood. To make sure you’re getting the best quality and most sustainably sourced seafood this Easter, I urge you to buy …

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Costly mack attack: fishers fined $9000 for exceeding limits

Mr McDonald said QBFP officers located excess fish in a hidden compartment on board the vessel. “During the inspection, the skipper continually denied that there were more fish on the boat other than what was in the Esky,” he said. “However, the officers found a hidden compartment underneath a toolbox that was accessed by pulling back the carpet and removing …

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Mangroves destroyed: developer fined $10,000 and ordered to fix

Mr Depper said developers needed to understand their obligations and environmental responsibilities in works they undertake. “With 75 percent of Queensland’s fish species dependent on estuaries and fish habitat areas for part of their life cycle, these environments are incredibly important for fishing,” he said. “Disturbances to marine plants, however minor, have a cumulative effect that can lead to a …

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Fitzroy River Barrage off limits to all fishing

LOCAL fishers are reminded that the waters 400m upstream and 400m downstream of the Fitzroy River Barrage are closed to all forms of fishing. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol acting district officer Brenda Stevenson said the reminder was prompted by the discovery of a net within the closed waters area. “QBFP regularly patrols the Fitzroy River area to ensure fishers are …

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Is your mud crab full of meat?

“A crab that has recently moulted will have a very clean, shiny and intact shell. “Sometimes the shell will appear translucent. “Full mud crabs often have algae or barnacles on the shell. “Their shells are also likely to exhibit some general signs of wear and tear, such as worn inner ‘teeth’ on the claws. “You should also look for the darker-coloured maltese cross on …

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How not to get knotted when using worms

WITHOUT doubt the best baits for school jew are either live or preserved beach worms or live bloodworms. While some anglers simply put a bunch of worms on the shank of the hook, I much prefer to present my bait so it passes over the eye of the hook and up my line about 3-4cm. I bait worms this way …

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