Fishing News

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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Tweed Reef update: construction almost complete!

CONSTRUCTION of the 10m high steel tower and 32 concrete modules which will form the innovative Tweed Offshore Artificial Reef is now almost complete! Australian company Pacific Marine Group will soon begin loading its massive 55m barge with the completed reef modules for the trip to Tweed Heads. The reef will be installed in 25m of water 7.5km south-east of …

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New Queensland study to shed light on black jewfish population

New Queensland study

State government scientists will assess the population biology of black jewfish in a new Queensland study project to better understand stocks and manage the species. Minister for Agricultural Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the three-year priority project would provide crucial information to help protect the sustainability of black jewfish. “We need to know more about black jewfish on the …

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Illegal fishers sentenced on NSW North Coast

TWO men, aged 40 and 23 from Broadwater have been sentenced before the Ballina Local Court following a late night patrol of recreational fishers in ocean waters South of Ballina, found they were in joint possession of a commercial quantity of snapper and teraglin, many of which were undersized. The 40 year old was also found in possession of a …

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