Fishing News

35 percent reduction in bycatch trial

new by-catch device

A NEW by-catch device has delivered impressive results that will improve the sustainability of fishing operations of wild catch prawns in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston recently met with the developer, Mr Kon Triantopoulos, and representatives of the NPF industry to hear how this device works. “The trial results indicated a statistically …

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Insights into snapper genetics

snapper genetics

NEW research shows there are two genetically different snapper stocks off the Australian east coast, where it was previously believed all snapper were part of a single stock. Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries scientist Dr Jess Morgan said this was the first project to use fine-scale sampling and highly variable genetic markers to measure the number of genetically distinct …

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Australian and QLD governments work together on white spot outbreak

white spot disease prawns

THE Commonwealth and Queensland governments today reaffirmed their shared commitment to support prawn farmers impacted by white spot virus and pledged to continue to work together to eradicate the disease. Commonwealth Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston and Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne said dealing with the outbreak was one of the highest priorities for …

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All Logan River prawn farms now infected with white spot disease

prawn disease. prawn farms

Positive test results for the virus that causes white spot disease (WSD) in prawns have been received from a seventh aquaculture farm south of the Logan River. This latest detection confirms that all prawn farms in the region with stock are now infected with the white spot disease virus. As the virus that causes white spot disease is highly contagious and easily spread, this result is not unexpected. Treatment work on the …

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Licensed fishers prosecuted for crab pot interference

licensed fishers crab pot interference

FISHERIES Queensland has successfully prosecuted two licensed fishers in separate cases of interfering with crab pots that belonged to other commercial operators. Ingham A fisher from Ingham pleaded guilty in the Tully Magistrates’ Court to four charges of unlawfully interfering with fishing apparatus. Surveillance cameras set up by another commercial fisher photographed the defendant removing crab apparatus from the water …

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White spot disease detected outside Logan River

  NEW test results confirm that the virus that causes white spot disease in prawns has been identified in a new location near the Logan River. As part of the ongoing surveillance program, more than 100 prawns taken from a site just south of the mouth of the Logan River have returned positive test results for the virus that causes …

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More information on white spot disease

white spot disease prawns

  POSITIVE test results for the virus that causes white spot disease (WSD) in prawns have been received for a sixth aquaculture farm south of the Logan River. Prawn stock on the sixth infected property has been harvested. Treatment of the ponds will now occur. There are eight farms in this area. Six have now been confirmed with the virus, …

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Barramundi season reopens

victorian barra fishing barramundi farm

QUEENSLAND anglers can get their rods and lines back out for the barramundi season which reopened at midday yesterday, February 1. The barramundi season closure had been in force in the Gulf of Carpentaria since October 7 last year and November 1 for the east coast. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Ibell said the closed seasons aimed …

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Emergency assistance for prawn disease response

prawn disease. prawn farms

Federal Government providing $1.74 million to help respond to prawn disease in Queensland, including up to $400,000 in direct support to farmers White spot disease has infected five properties in southeast Queensland Leading aquatic disease group still asserts eradication is possible THE response to the outbreak of white spot disease in Queensland’s southeast will be boosted by up to $1.74 million …

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Australian fish stocks report card released

australian fish stocks

CONSUMERS of Australian seafood can have renewed confidence in the sustainability of buying fish from Australian stocks with the release of the latest edition of the ‘Status of Australian Fish Stocks’ reports from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. In total, the reports look at 83 of the most important species and species complexes, representing about 90 percent of both …

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