Fishing News

White spot disease in prawns prompts imported uncooked produce ban

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[First published on] RECREATIONAL fishers have renewed calls for a ban on the importation of uncooked prawns after the discovery of the devastating white spot disease in Queensland prawns. Australia had been the only major prawn-growing country free of the highly contagious white spot virus, until it was found earlier this month on prawn farms between Brisbane and the Gold …

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Illegal recreational fishers caught in the act

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FIGURES released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority show continued dedicated compliance patrols, a new patrol vessel and co-ordinated multi-agency surveillance operations detected more than 500 illegal recreational fishing offences in the marine park over the past year. In 2015-16, 532 illegal recreational fishing offences were detected among 1240 reported breaches of Commonwealth and state laws in the …

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Illegal foreign fishing vessel apprehended off Gladstone

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MARITIME Border Command within the Australian Border Force, together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, apprehended a Vietnamese fishing vessel on Thursday, November 3, 2016 near the Saumarez Reefs, about 180 nautical miles northeast of Gladstone. An MBC surveillance aircraft spotted the illegal foreign fishing vessel about 200 nautical miles inside the Australian exclusive economic zone. HMAS Maitland was tasked to …

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Geelong Star super trawler leaves Australian waters

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IN excellent news for Australian fish stocks, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority has confirmed the midwater super trawler, the Geelong Star, which has been operating in Australian waters since April 2015, is no longer under Australian jurisdiction. Inquiries about the decision to leave Australian waters or future fishing operations of the Geelong Star should be directed to the operator. The Geelong Star …

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Recreational fishing sector pushes for ban on commercial net fishing near major centres

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Mr Hansard, who also runs the Government-funded Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, said net fishing in NSW would be targeted next year after reforms in the commercial sector were completed. This would centre on the Hawkesbury River, the Central Coast and in the Shoalhaven River. “It’s not that recreational fishers are against commercial fishers, no,” Mr Hansard said. “We need to …

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Fishers fined $7000 for 798 red claw tails

TWO recreational fishers from Townsville who were found with eight times the legal possession limit of red claw have each been fined $3500. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Ibell said officers found 798 red claw tails in a freezer at a Kidston Dam (far north Queensland) campsite in June 2015. “The possession limit for red claw is …

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Barramundi closed season: East coast Queensland

The annual barramundi closed season along Queensland’s East coast will be effective from midday on 1 November 2016 through to midday on 1 February 2017. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Tony Loader said the closed season applies to all commercial and recreational fishers. “Fisheries officers will be stepping up surveillance during the barramundi closed season to protect this …

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Successful Hervey Bay scallops bust

A URANGAN commercial fisher has been fined $12,000 plus court costs for possessing undersize scallops, with $38,480 forfeited from the proceeds of the sale of the seized catch. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness said an inspection of the trawler in January found more than 20 percent of the fisher’s catch was undersized. “The entire load of …

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