Fishing News

Yet another Darling River fish kill

THE NSW Government is investigating after thousands of fish were found dead Monday morning — less than a month after about a million fish were killed in the same area. Fisheries officers from NSW’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are on their way to the river to confirm the number of fish killed. Large numbers of bony bream and a …

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Sustainable management of Australian fish stocks re-affirmed

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THE Australian Government has today welcomed the findings of a paper published by the CSIRO and the University of Washington rejecting claims that sustainable Australian commercial fish stocks have declined over the past 10 years. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the paper published by CSIRO Senior Research Scientist Richard Little and colleagues showed flaws …

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Lucrative start to 2019 after Darwin fisho reels in $10,000 barra

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A DARWIN fisho is celebrating a bit of late festive cheer after reeling in a tagged $10,000 barra from the barrage at Shady Camp. Travis Stevens caught the highly sought-after barra while fishing with a mate during his week off from work. “This is an awesome start to the year,” Travis said. “It will definitely help cover any leftover Christmas …

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QLD Government releases Directions Paper of fisheries reforms

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DEAR fisheries stakeholder: The Queensland Government has released the ‘Directions Paper of fisheries reforms’ to ensure all fishers and the broader community are aware of the Government’s direction on how best to manage the priority fisheries and the next steps. The proposed changes will apply to both commercial and recreational fishers. The reforms are expected to be implemented by September …

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Aerators on their way for Lake Burrendong to prevent fish kills

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The NSW Government will fast track the installation of up to four water aerators at Lake Burrendong, to reduce the risk of any further fish kill events caused by algae blooms, black water and oxygen depletion. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Water, Niall Blair recently visited Lake Burrendong to see first-hand the fish kill that claimed more than a …

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Ag Minister’s statement regarding recent fish kills

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Statement from Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud: THE fish kills we’ve seen over the last few weeks are absolutely horrible. These terrible events are a result of a cool period which killed off blue green algae, which sucked the oxygen out of the water. NSW data reveals there have been 600 freshwater fish kills in NSW since 1970, …

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Have you seen a sawfish?

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FROM Sydney to Cairns and Darwin to Perth, Sharks and Rays Australia wants to hear about your sawfish sightings – a live fish, a saw on the wall of your local pub, or a photo from your family album. “Your sightings, no matter how long ago they happened, will help us work out how many sawfish there used to be, …

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Key fisheries reform a step closer

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THE Queensland Government today outlined the proposed direction for fisheries reform in the state’s trawl, crab and east coast inshore fisheries. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said a directions paper on fisheries reform was the next step to create a world-class fisheries management system under the Queensland Sustainable Fisheries Strategy. “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to …

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Don’t zone out on the Reef this summer

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KNOW your zones and protect your patch when you’re out on the water this summer — that’s the message from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in the busy holiday period. With several recreational fishers convicted in recent months for fishing in no-take green zone areas, the Authority’s field management assistant director Ben Kettle said it was a timely reminder …

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New threat to jewfish stocks

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FISH swim bladders have become the latest fad in the seemingly insatiable Asian market for natural substances that enhance sexual prowess. Here in Queensland, our two major species of jewfish stocks are ‘well endowed’ in the swim bladder department, to the extent that their stabilising organs are now suddenly worth many times the value of their fillets. The rush to …

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