Fishing News

New shellfish reef for South Australia

shellfish reef

An exciting partnership between the South Australian Government and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is set to build a second shellfish reef for the state. With South Australia’s first 20-hectare shellfish reef near Ardrossan – Windara Reef – soon to be completed, a second reef for the state is now in the works. The new reef will be constructed in Adelaide’s …

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Protecting our water quality – carp virus

Carp feeding on dead fish

Carp Virus – Researchers at the University of Adelaide found that in many Australian inland waterways, risks to water quality associated with the potential release of the carp virus would be minimal in many areas and manageable in others. “If the carp virus is released to control carp,” explains Principal Investigator Justin Brooks “the ecosystem will need to cope with …

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New moon brings second coral reef fin fish fishing closure for 2019

coral reef fin fish fishing closure 2019

CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits again from Sunday, November 24, 2019 when the second of two annual fin fish fishing closure periods commences to protect these fishing during spawning. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Tony Loader said the five-day closure coincides with the new moon when key coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn. “October and …

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92 ghost crab pots pulled from Moreton Bay

ghost crab pots moreton bay

DURING October Queensland National Parks rangers joined forces with Fisheries Queensland (Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol) to tackle ghost crab pots in #MoretonBay Marine Park. Abandoned ghost crab pots can entangle or trap a variety of marine wildlife and there is also a risk to birds and other animals that may enter the pots on a low tide and drown as the tide rises. The …

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Man mauled by crocodile drives over an hour home to call ambulance


An off-duty ranger who was mauled by a crocodile in a remote part of Queensland fought off the beast and drove more than an hour home to call an ambulance. The man, in his 50s, was attacked by a crocodile in the Shelburne area near the tip of Cape York Peninsula while fishing about 5pm yesterday. The reptile bit his …

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Australian seafood companies make a splash in Silicon Valley


When it comes to innovation, Australian seafood businesses are making waves – globally. Seven Australian seafood companies battled their way past fierce global competition for the opportunity to pitch to investors at a competitive Silicon Valley pitch session – the Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum – which took place last week. The Fish 2.0 Global Innovators forum is a two-day …

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Illegal fishing nets cause destruction of Logan wildlife

illegal fishing nets logan river

QUEENSLAND Boating and Fisheries Patrol has launched an investigation after scores of native wildlife including turtles, fish and even an eagle were found dead in illegal fishing nets in the Logan River. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the four nets were discovered by the QBFP in the river at Jimboomba. “As many as 120 turtles, …

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If we build FADs the fish will come

fads mahi mahi offshore sunshine coast

QUEENSLANDERS are being asked to have their say on proposed and future locations of fish-attraction devices to create the next batch of world-class fishing spots when they are deployed this summer. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the Queensland Government wants to install the devices, known as FADs, off the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. “FADs are …

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More than one thousand native fish rescued in Lower Darling operation

Lower Darling

The NSW Government has successfully relocated more than 1100 native fish as part of a targeted fish rescue operation in the Lower Darling, where drying pools and warming temperatures pose an imminent threat to fish survival. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall recently visited Menindee and the Lower Darling River where the latest efforts were focused. “The relocation operations have been …

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The bizarre watery world of Gulf mangrove jack

mangrove jack

IF there’s one species that holds a very special place in sportfishers’ hearts, it’s got to be lutjanus argentimaculatus, the mangrove jack. This handsome, brick red-coloured ball of muscle is the bully boy of the mangroves, an ambush expert powered by a broad tail, an operator so smart, it’s already heading back to its snaggy home by the time the …

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