Fishing News

Rare long-term yellowfin tuna recapture

From time to time, DPI’s Game Fish Tagging Program is lucky enough to receive details of recaptures that come from remote regions of the Pacific Ocean. Recently, a game fish recapture form was submitted by a researcher from the Japanese Fisheries Research Institute. The fisheries researcher had received a tag from a skipper of an international longline vessel who had …

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Grass emperor spawning a success!

Scientists at Bribie Island Research Centre have successfully spawned Grass Emperor broodfish—the first known account of spawning Grass Emperor in captivity. Grass Emperor have a strong capacity to spawn and are sought after for their firm and mildly sweet flesh. The team captured eight Grass Emperor broodfish in Moreton Bay late last year before transferring them to a culture environment …

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Recreational fisher fined $6936

A recreational fisher in Mackay has been fined $6936 for possessing commercial fishing equipment and an undersized crab. QBFP and Queensland Police Service executed a search warrant on their house after receiving information from the public through Fishwatch. Officers located and seized four commercial gill nets, a commercial fisher’s crab pot and an undersized crab. You can report unlawful fishing …

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Murray cod fishery boosted by massive stocking effort!

THE NSW Government’s annual Murray cod stocking season has just concluded, with more than 500,000 juvenile cod released into rivers and dams. This massive stocking effort is great news for the legions of keen anglers who target these iconic native sportfish. The juvenile cod were bred at the DPI Fisheries Centre at Narrandera and were released into selected waterways over …

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Harry Fisher joins Exploring Eden Media

FROM the pindan red beaches of the Kimberley’s west coast, Harry Fisher has been steadily cementing his reputation with a pair of tongs around the campfire. Combining his passion for the Australian bush and great food, he’s made it his mission to prove that camp cooking doesn’t have to be dull cooking. Harry’s campfire cooking and distinct approach to recipe …

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Methane-busting seaweed farms on track for 2021 production

Construction of the first farm and processing plant to turn red seaweed into a feed supplement for cows to reduce their methane production by 90 per cent is expected to begin mid next year in South Australia. Sustainable agriculture company CH4 plans to build its first two facilities in South Australia with further ‘eco-parks’ planned in the state and in …

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Snapper Boost for South Australia

The South Australian Government has announced 300,000 snapper fingerlings will be released in Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent this year. The restock follows a 2020 government snapper fishery assessment, which found that snapper stock in the state’s Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent were “depleted”. Approximately 150,000 fingerlings will begin to be released in northern Gulf St Vincent over …

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Solid growth rate for tagged flathead

A croc-sized dusky flathead tagged in the St Georges Basin Trophy Fishery has recorded an impressive 10cm growth rate after being recaptured just over three years after it was originally released. Angler Marley Watson, aged 13, recaptured the 97cm flattie while fishing on the southern side in the Basin on 29 December 2020. The tag details reveal the fish was …

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Tide Guide and Angler’s Almanac 2021

THE leading pocketbooks for anglers and boaties on Australia’s eastern coastline – Tide Guide and Angler’s Almanac – have been improved for 2021 and are available now from retail outlets. The Angler’s Almanac, which provides a ready reckoner for the best days and times to go fishing times according to lunar and solar cycles, also features a new section on …

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Safe disposal of fish frames

THERE’S been a noticeable increase in fishers throwing fish frames back in the water near several popular swimming spots. In addition to kids and swimmers standing on fish spikes, discarded fish frames can also attract sharks and crocodiles. While it’s not an offence under fisheries legislation, everyone is encouraged to think of others when disposing of frames. Here are some …

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