Fishing News

Restrictions in place in SEQ for raw prawns, yabbies and marine worms

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WHITE spot disease movement restrictions are in place to stop the spread of the virus that causes white spot disease and help protect Queensland’s natural waterways. Raw prawns, yabbies and marine worms cannot be moved out of the white spot disease movement restriction area. These restrictions are in place from Caloundra to the NSW border and west to Ipswich. They …

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Stronger fisheries laws aim to combat seafood black market

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REFORMS to modernise Queensland’s fisheries laws, including stronger compliance powers and penalties for serious offences such as seafood black marketing, have been proposed by the State Government. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner recently released a discussion paper on amendments to the Fisheries Act 1994 for public feedback. “The government is committed to protecting Queensland’s valuable fisheries resources and …

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‘Carp’ Diem at Lake Keepit’s fishing competition this Easter long weekend

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GRAB a hook, make it sharp, pitch a tent, catch a carp!  That’s what hundreds of environmentally conscious anglers will be doing at Lake Keepit this Easter long weekend, with the annual Carp We Don’t Keepit fishing competition set to take place. As a fishing competition with a sustainable twist, the weekend will improve Keepit Dam for native fish through …

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Public feedback invited on reform options for key fisheries

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QUEENSLAND is a step closer to having a world-leading fisheries management system with the release of proposed reform options for several key fisheries. Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said a range of options have been put forward in discussion papers for managing the trawl, crab and east coast inshore fisheries. “A priority of the Queensland Government’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy is to develop …

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Study exposes misperception of poaching on the GBR and its remedy

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NEW research has revealed the tiny minority of fishers poaching on the Great Barrier Reef think the illegal practice is justified because they believe ‘everyone else is doing it’. Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University asked nearly 700 recreational fishers at boat ramps in Townsville about their perceptions of poaching (fishing …

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Fishing restrictions in place on the Logan River

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ANYONE fishing in southern Moreton Bay and the Logan River should be aware of new fishing restrictions which prohibit all forms of fishing in and around prawn farms in southeast Queensland. The fishing restrictions have been designed to reduce the risk of introducing diseases such as white spot disease into prawn farms along the Logan River. This means all fishing, …

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Pest fish eradication competition March 24

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THE Logan and Albert Fish Management Association Stocking Group Fundraising Committee is fundraising to stock the newly completed Wyaralong Dam with both Australian bass and Mary River cod fingerlings. You may have heard of our past efforts, as previously our group was called Carpbusters. Our name has changed, but the mission of our organisation remains the same, and that is …

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Crocodile sightings under Fraser Coast wharf

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A CROCODILE has been spotted three times underneath a Fraser Coast wharf this month. A spokeswoman from the Department of Environment and Science said a number of sightings had been reported regarding a crocodile seen at Little Tuan Creek under the wharf near Eckert St at Boonooroo. The reptile has reportedly been seen on March 4, 12 and 16. “On …

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Myth busted on dusky flathead sex change

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DUSKY flathead can be found along the east of coast of Australia from Cairns in north Queensland to the Gippsland lakes in eastern Victoria. In Queensland, dusky flathead is a key target species, with the recreational fishing sector estimated to take 150 tonnes annually (McGilvray et. al 2014). That is approximately three times the reported commercial harvest. Fisheries Queensland collects length, sex …

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Commercial fisher fined $12,000

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A NORTH Queensland commercial fisher has been fined $12,000 after being found guilty of four complaints comprising 19 charges under the Fisheries Act 1994. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Officer Dan Sweeney said the commercial fisher pleaded guilty to all four matters in the Cairns Magistrates’ Court. “The four matters involved a variety of offences including taking or possessing …

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