Fishing News

New fisheries laws mean stronger compliance on the Sunshine Coast

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NEW fisheries laws passed by the Queensland Government mean Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers will have increased powers to crack down on black market fishers. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said making sure fishers followed the rules was critical to maintaining fish stocks. “Our reforms are a crucial step in building a legacy of a …

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Fishal recognition technology helps monitor commercial catches

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CUTTING-edge technology including fish image (fishal) recognition is being used to automatically collect information on commercial fishing in ground-breaking research funded by the Queensland Government. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the feasibility stage of the Advance Queensland Small Business Innovation Research program had produced promising results. “The two successful applicants Anchor Lab and Fish-e have …

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Tackle Tactics acquires Platypus Fishing Lines

Tackle Tactics acquires Platypus Fishing Lines

TACKLE Tactics is proud to announce it has acquired iconic Australian brand Platypus Fishing Lines. Platypus products have been proudly Australian made and owned for over 120 years and it is Tackle Tactics’ intention to carry on this tradition of manufacturing these quality products in Australia. Platypus Fishing was started by George Ross, a Scottish rope maker, in 1898. The …

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Queensland Government delivers key milestone in fisheries reform

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THE Queensland Government has delivered on a key plank of its 10-year, $20 million Sustainable Fisheries Strategy with the passage of new legislation in Parliament recently. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the Fisheries (Sustainable Fisheries) Bill made real changes in fisheries management possible for the first time. “These changes are a critical step in providing …

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Crushed boat sends warning to black market fishers

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Fishers thinking about breaking the law risk losing their fishing boat. This forfeited boat was crushed at a recycling facility today after the owners used it in the black marketing of redclaw.The boat’s motors were auctioned last week, but the hull had been modified—it was considered unsafe and not suitable for re-sale.For more information, read the full story for details …

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Fish rescued at Menindee

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THE NSW Department of Primary Industries has relocated almost 80 stressed fish including Murray cod and golden and silver perch from the Lower Darling River downstream of the Menindee township. Fisheries officers rescued and relocated 16 Murray cod, 15 silver perch and eight golden perch from a spillway pool that was soon to become disconnected from the river when flows …

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Aussie Salvage Squad crew member fined for taking female crabs

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As posted on the Fisheries Queensland Facebook page: You may remember an episode of Aussie Salvage Squad that aired back in September 2018 which showed members of the crew taking and cooking female mud crabs in Airlie Beach. As promised, we followed up on your concerns and interviewed the team. One member of the crew was issued with two infringement …

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Crab pots seized, body cameras worn by Sunshine Coast fisheries officers

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SUNSHINE Coast Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers have seized 130 crab pots from the Maroochy River during a targeted operation in January. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the operation targeted abandoned crab pots which could continue to ‘ghost fish’.  “Ghost fishing happens when lost or abandoned fishing gear continues to catch crabs, fish and …

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Hooked on the moon – the Angler’s Almanac

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IT’S been a while since we had one of these little chats, Fred. The first time was almost 30 years ago when we discussed beach driving techniques in the Tide Guide. Last time was last year when we looked at some of the peculiarities of tides. This time I thought we might check out how the moon affects fishing. But …

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Anglers pledge to protect NFZ

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MACKAY recreational fishers are kicking off the barramundi open season with a pledge to protect their Net Free Zone. Spearheaded by the Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance, the pledge centres around a voluntary code of conduct for anglers. MRFA president John Bennett said Mackay anglers knew how lucky they were to have one of the three new zones in Queensland where …

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