Hefty fines for undersized recreational catch in far north

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TWO recreational fishers found with a large catch of undersized fish and mud crabs in far north Queensland have been fined $19,000 in the Ayr Magistrates’ Court. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol field officer Trevor Thomson said valuable information from a member of the public led fisheries officers to identifying the offenders. “QBFP officers searched a van during a patrol …

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Choose Australian seafood this Christmas!

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THE festive season is the perfect time to enjoy fresh, sustainably harvested and locally caught seafood. After another fantastic year for Commonwealth fisheries, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston is encouraging Australians to remember sustainable, local seafood when planning the Christmas menu this year. “The warmer weather is perfect for enjoying just one of the many seafood …

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Update on white spot disease in SEQ

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BIOSECURITY Queensland has completed destruction activities in all production ponds on all the white spot disease infected premises in the Logan River area. In accordance with the nationally agreed emergency animal disease response plan, all ponds on infected premises must be destocked. The priority is to protect the immediate environment and the broader industry from any potential source of infection …

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Restrictions imposed in Logan River to contain prawn disease

white spot disease

Penalties apply to people who breach the movement control order. Biosecurity Queensland has completed destocking and disinfection of one of the infected properties and will continue containment and control measures on the second and third properties today. Surveillance of all properties in the area is continuing. It is crucial that all farmers monitor their stock closely and report any unusual …

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Closed season for spanner crabs

QUEENSLAND’S annual spanner crab closed season for recreational and commercial fishing commences at midnight on November 20 and runs through until midnight on December 20. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Russell Overton said the closed season protects spanner crabs when they are most vulnerable during their breeding season. “The closed season gives the crabs a chance to spawn …

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