Fishing News

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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Illegal net found

QBFP officers in Mackay recently teamed up with the Queensland Water Police to execute a search warrant on St Bees Island (located north east of Mackay). Acting on information provided to Fishwatch, officers located and seized eight commercial gill nets and the unlicensed owner was fined $6670. The nets have been forfeited and will be destroyed. Please report any activity …

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Have your say on the draft updated Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan

Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan review

Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan review The Australian and Queensland governments are reviewing the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, also known as the Reef 2050 Plan. This plan is Australia’s long-term strategy to protect and manage the Great Barrier Reef. The plan sets clear actions, management goals, objectives and outcomes. These drive and guide the short, medium and long-term management …

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Unmarked crab pots seized

QBFP officers in Port Douglas seized a whopping 70 unmarked crab pots from Dickson Inlet, Mowbray River and Mossman River over two days. A reminder to all fishers that crab pots must be marked with the user’s surname and address and your gear should be removed from the water when you finish up. Crab pots that are left in the …

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