Fishing News

Lose boat options and catch more fish

LOSE a few options when you’re buying a new boat and catch far better fish much more frequently. The greatest aid to catching fish is not sold in boat dealerships nor marine chandleries – it’s professional knowledge. You can always buy the optional boat gear later, but you need the knowledge now. That’s the key advice from a man who …

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Fish habitat action in a tributary of Tuckean Swamp

AUSTRALIA’S only fishing conservation charity OzFish Unlimited has partnered with Tregeagle Landcare Group and private landowners on Boggy Creek – a tributary of Tucki Tucki Creek which flows into the famed Tuckean Swamp. OzFish are working on several ways to improve the native fish habitat in the area, including planting trees on the creek bank. The project site is about …

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Cashing in on marine by-products

AS exploitation of wild fisheries and marine environments threaten food supplies, Flinders University scientists are finding sustainable new ways to convert biowaste, algal biomass and even beached seaweed into valuable dietary proteins and other products. In one of several projects underway at the Flinders Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development, researchers are looking to extract value from crayfish shells and other …

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Seagrass restoration kick-started at Mourilyan Harbour

A PILOT project to restore seagrass meadows at Mourilyan Harbour southeast of Innisfail, has started with input from local recreational anglers and university researchers. The trial will assess the success of a unique seagrass restoration technique – deploying seagrass fragments or sprigs attached to mesh frames into a designated section of the harbour. The work is a collaboration between James …

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Operation targeting illegal activity at Port Kembla

THE Australian Border Force (ABF) has carried out a high visibility operation at Port Kembla to detect and disrupt organised criminal activity in the area. Today, 13 August 2020, 25 ABF officers from NSW Maritime Operations, Regional Investigations, the Dog Detector Unit, along with officers from Aviation and Maritime Security conducted a crew and ship search on a vessel docked …

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The ferocious looking worm of death

THE Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is calling on anglers to photograph or collect samples of worm gobies, especially one known as the worm of death, to help fill a big gap in science research. These peculiar worm gobies share the same Top End estuaries and river mouths as prized barramundi. Also coined freaky fish’ alien or …

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Responding to increased illegal fishing on the Great Barrier Reef

Day and night, in the air and on the water — Great Barrier Reef Marine Park compliance patrols will be out in force during the September school holidays and the October long weekend, particularly at known illegal fishing hotspots. Reef authorities continue to call on recreational fishers to follow the law when visiting the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, …

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New test can detect crown-of-thorns starfish

Researchers at the Australian Institute of Marine Science have developed a dipstick test that can detect crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) on coral reefs by using the same technology as home pregnancy tests. The dipstick, which is designed to be used in the field, measures specific DNA that CoTS release into the seawater. The rapid test can detect very low numbers of the coral-eating …

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Charges for two women after seizure of 2121 oysters

Two women allegedly caught in possession of thousands of oysters illegally retrieved from waters in Georges River Sydney are facing numerous prosecution charges arising from the apprehension. During a patrol in June this year NSW DPI Fisheries Officers observed two people behaving in a manner consistent with intertidal invertebrate collection on the Georges River, which along with many other waterways …

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Tip off leads to large monofilament meshing net seizure

A man and a woman are facing charges after being found using an illegal 374 metre long monofilament meshing net in the Towra Point Aquatic Reserve in Botany Bay. A call to the NSW DPI Fishers Watch service on June 30th this year led Fisheries Officers to take up surveillance in Quibray Bay within the Reserve. There they observed two …

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