$800k in grants for Queensland fishers

Queensland fishers are invited to apply for a share of $800,000 in funding on offer under the Palaszczuk Government’s fishing grants program and Indigenous fishing and forestry grants programs. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the grants programs are helping to build a legacy of sustainable fisheries for our children and …

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Interesting facts on coral trout

Coral trout fishers provide some of the freshest sustainably harvested seafood to Queenslanders. The firm pearly white flesh is considered to be the finest eating of all of our reef fish. Interesting facts: Don’t be fooled by the name – they’re not a trout at all, they’re actually a member of the grouper and cod family They’re ambush predators that …

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It’s barramundi closed season on the east coast


Our Fisheries Queensland East Coast fisheries manager Daniel answers some questions about barramundi closed season: Why do we have closed barramundi seasons? Closed seasons are typically developed to reduce pressure on fish stocks during a period of vulnerability. Typically closed seasons are determined around the time when the fish is most likely to be spawning, migrating or aggregating. Do we …

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Three winners in the Fish ‘n’ SIPS


When it rains, it pours! We’ve had not one, not two, but THREE winners in our Fish ‘n’ SIPS tagged fishing competition in the space of a week! Taking home fifth place and $2,000 is Tim Meyers, who caught a 106cm barramundi at Callide Dam (near Biloela) on Thursday 26 October. This brute had grown 15cm since being tagged and …

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Anglers fined for ignoring bans on Mary River cod

Recently two campers were fined $619 on the spot and others cautioned after breaching a freshwater fishing ban designed to protect the critically endangered Mary River cod. Fishing in southeast Queensland’s upper Mary River catchment and adjoining creeks was prohibited from August 1 until the end of October to safeguard Mary River cod during its breeding season. The species has …

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New interim management arrangements for mulloway


Mulloway are an important and iconic species for NSW commercial, recreational and Aboriginal cultural fishers, however stocks in NSW are currently classified as ‘depleted’. Recovering mulloway stocks in NSW is a key priority for NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries. Despite a range of fishing arrangements being implemented in the past, given the reported data DPI Fisheries managers and scientists …

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Collecting marine invertebrates on the rise in NSW


With climbing temperatures and summer on the horizon, our coastline and fishing community are emerging from their winter cocoons. marine NSW DPI Fisheries Officers wish to take this time to remind our recreational fishers that if you plan to collect marine invertebrates, including turban snails, sea urchins and crabs from NSW rock platforms certain rules and regulations apply. When taking …

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Reflecting on the plight of fish stocks


Palm Beach Reef is the largest coral reef system on the Gold Coast, and one of the best local spots to target mackerel. Swell New arrangements that came into effect late last year are helping to restore depleted stocks of this species and protect jobs in the industry for future generations.   Robina State High School students have constructed a …

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Roving survey on K’gari


With unseasonably warm water, fishers found tailor hard to come by. However, we still measured 140 fish and removed 27 pairs of tailor otoliths (fish ear bones). As a large number of boat-based fishers were heading offshore targeting reef fish, we also collected biological data and otoliths from pearl perch, snapper, and red emperor for our routine monitoring program for …

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Review of zoning plan for Great Sandy Marine Park


The Queensland Government has undertaken a review of the zoning plan for the Great Sandy Marine Park. Each marine park has a zoning plan that outlines the rules to manage the multiple activities that occur within each park and defines the locations of different zones, which in turn provide for different levels of protection and use. The Great Sandy Marine …

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