Fishing News

146 disused crab pots seized

146 crab pots have been seized by Gold Coast QBFP. Officers recently teamed up with the Gold Coast Waterways Authority to remove derelict crab pots from the Southport Sundale Bridge to the Logan River. Don’t lose your pots! Crab pots must be marked with the user’s surname and address and your gear should be removed from the water when you finish …

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Fisheries want help investigating dead sawfish

QBFP officers at Mackay are investigating after receiving a complaint about a dead sawfish found on Belmunda Beach, Mackay on Monday 16 November 2020. If you have any info about who might have caught or discarded the sawfish, please give QBFP Mackay a ring on 4999 8551 or call the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Sawfish are a no-take …

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Crazy kingie growth rate!

Many keen kingie fishos might be surprised at just how old (or young!) their catches could be. Samples donated to the Research Angler Program (RAP) have shown the age of a just legal fish (65cm) can range from one to four years. This is because growth rates are variable; however, most fish sampled grow relatively quickly and reach 65cm between …

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Discovery of 500m tall reef

Australian scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef just off Cape York on the Great Barrier Reef that’s taller than the Empire State Building or the Sydney Tower. The scientists found the reef, which is more than 500m high, as they were mapping the northern Great Barrier Reef seabed from aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor. “The base …

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Recaptured Spanish mackerel sets new record

A Spanish mackerel originally tagged by gun fishing father and son team Vic and Zane Levett has gone on to be recaptured. Zane (pictured) caught the fish during a hot bite on the NSW Mid North Coast back in April 2019. Estimated at 13kg, the mack was quickly subdued on relatively heavy tackle. The fish was brought alongside the boat …

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Fines for fishing in Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve

Two men were issued fines totalling $1600 after allegedly fishing in Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve in May this year. Several reports made to the NSW DPI Fishers Watch Phoneline on 20th May this year led to fisheries officers intercepting two men near North Head, Manly NSW. Investigations resulted in the officers issuing penalty notices to the men both from …

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New oyster shell washing facility for Moreton Bay

A NEW oyster shell washing plant has started operation at the Port of Brisbane to boost shellfish reef restoration efforts. The washer will be used for washing and preparing shells recovered from Brisbane restaurants, pubs and professional shuckers to be reused to restore shellfish reefs of Moreton Bay. The facility is the work of the local Moreton Bay Chapter of …

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Mulloway recaptured … for the third time!

A SCHOOL sized mulloway originally tagged and released in the Shoalhaven River by an unnamed angler on 31 March 2020 has been recaptured…. for the third time! Including the original tag and release, the fish has now been caught an unbelievable four times in just 186 days. The recapture summary is as follows: Originally tagged in the Shoalhaven River on …

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QLD Licenced Prawn Trawler Operator Apprehended

A QLD licenced Prawn Trawler operator from Iluka has been apprehended during a joint response by NSW DPI Tweed Heads Fisheries Officers and NSW Police Marine Area Command. On 12th of August this year officers boarded the Queensland endorsed prawn trawler, which operates out of Southport, QLD where investigations identified that the trawler was operating illegally without endorsement to take …

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New fishway working wonders

Prior to the construction of a fishway at Paradise Road, Slacks Creek, only around 4 fish per day could successfully ascend a vertical drop at the base of a road culvert. Most of the species caught were the few species capable of climbing: eels and striped gudgeon. After the rock ramp fishway was constructed, over 1300 fish per day were …

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