New Gulf of Carpentaria gillnet-free zones


Five gillnet-free zones in the Gulf of Carpentaria will be implemented to protect threatened, endangered and protected marine species while supporting a sustainable commercial and recreational fishing industry. The Queensland Government will provide a $12 million adjustment and support package for commercial fishers impacted by the changes, which come into effect on 17 May 2024. Locations Gillnet-free zones will be …

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Catch of a lifetime in Fish ‘n SIP$ comp


An Anzac Day flick around Lake Tinaroo paid off in spades for a 17-year-old Atherton Tablelands fisho in the second edition of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Fish ‘n SIP$ tagged fishing competition, in partnership with the Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association of Queensland. Tate Gowan from Tolga southwest of Cairns reeled in a 92cm barramundi on April 25, …

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Have your say on rec fishing in Queensland


Fisheries Queensland is seeking your feedback on fishery reform options for recreational fishing in Queensland. The management reforms for consideration are: Recreational fishing gear changes – banning Opera House-style traps, banning lightweight crab pots and new minimum gear specifications Size and possession limit changes and new closed season – separating possession limits for crimson and saddletail snapper and other considerations, …

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Alternatives to proposed nannygai management changes


In his paper entitled ‘Critique of and alternatives to proposed changes to the management of saddletail and crimson snapper’, Klim Martin discusses the proposed modifications by Queensland Fisheries to the managing of these species on the east coast of Queensland, as at March 2024. Saddletail and crimson snapper have a number of common local names, including red jewfish, large-mouth nannygai …

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Exotic oyster found near Brisbane and Bribie Island


An introduced marine pest, the Suminoe oyster (Magallana ariakensis), has been detected at Bribie Island and several locations across Brisbane — Boggy Creek, Pinkenba, (near the mouth of the Brisbane River) and Kedron Brook. It was first reported in 2023 and before that it had not been detected in Australia. The Suminoe oyster is a fast growing, large rock oyster belonging …

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Recreational fishing in Queensland consultation


Fisheries Queensland is seeking your feedback on fishery reform options for recreational fishing in Queensland. Recreational fishing is part of Queensland’s way of life. It provides immense socio-economic benefits to the State and is worth more than $2.5 billion annually to the economy. Fisheries Queensland is aware that the fisheries working groups and several fishing sectors have noted the increasing …

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Three new stocked dams proposed as fishing rules updated


Three more Queensland dams have been nominated to become stocked freshwater fishing destinations as part of Fisheries reforms now open for public feedback. Paradise Dam and Mount Morgan No. 7 Dam in Central Queensland and Enoggera Reservoir in Southeast Queensland have been earmarked to potentially join the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS), with fingerlings released annually into the system and …

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Townsville man fined $145,000 for destroying wetlands


A Townsville man has been ordered to pay close to $145,000 in relation to illegally clearing almost three football stadiums-worth of internationally-recognised wetlands in the Cape Cleveland section of Bowling Green Bay National Park. Between October 2019 and June 2020, the man illegally cleared over 19,000 square metres of previously untouched wetlands to build a road more than 2km long …

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New net-free fishing zones planned for Gulf of Carpentaria


Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities The Honourable Mark Furner From May this year new gillnet fishing zones will be introduced in the Gulf More than 4000 submissions provided feedback on consultation paper Industry assistance and adjustment package to be rolled out Full suite of changes to be announced within weeks. Gillnet-free fishing zones …

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Important information on sooty grunter


Important – any sooty grunter caught in the Mary River MUST be destroyed, no matter the size. Same applies to any sooty grunter caught in any southeast Queensland waterways. This announcement comes on the back of sooty grunter potentially being caught and released into waterways that are NOT their natural environment. This causes an imbalance in the system and impacts …

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