Fishing News

80-year-old midnight snapper found in WA

AN 81-year-old midnight snapper caught off the coast of Western Australia has taken the title of the oldest tropical reef fish recorded anywhere in the world. The octogenarian fish was found at the Rowley Shoals—about 300km west of Broome—and was part of a study that has revised what we know about the longevity of tropical fish. The research identified 11 …

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More than 4,000 oysters seized in Sydney area since September

Three major seizures of illegally harvested oysters have occurred since September this year while NSW DPI fisheries officers have been patrolling hotspot areas around Botany Bay. On 11 September fisheries officers apprehended a man from Castle Hill NSW at Bald Face Point Reserve at Blakehurst in possession of 2903 oysters taken from the Georges River. In his company was a …

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Navigation aids in Moreton Bay updated

OCCASIONALLY it’s necessary to make a bit of noise to get a job done, and that is exactly what happened with the recent upgrade of the navigation buoys in the Rous Channel. After a concerted effort with multi-agency support, the upgrade finally took place and the outcome has been considerably better than many people anticipated. The biggest problem with the …

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Seizure of nearly 2500 cockles

Four people are potentially facing charges in court after being caught with nearly 2500 cockles at Wandandian south of Nowra on the NSW South Coast. On Monday 5th October this year a concerned person contacted the NSW DPI Fishers Watch service to report a group of people collecting large amounts of cockles in Sussex Inlet. Local fisheries officers receiving the …

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On-the-spot fines for mangrove destruction in Moreton Bay

Two Russell Island residents who were caught illegally cutting up and burning protected marine plants have been fined $2,668. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Chris Watts said fisheries officers  caught the offenders red-handed in a rapid response to a complaint to the Fishwatch hotline. “Fisheries inspectors observed them cutting mangroves with a chainsaw and throwing them  onto a …

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146 disused crab pots seized

146 crab pots have been seized by Gold Coast QBFP. Officers recently teamed up with the Gold Coast Waterways Authority to remove derelict crab pots from the Southport Sundale Bridge to the Logan River. Don’t lose your pots! Crab pots must be marked with the user’s surname and address and your gear should be removed from the water when you finish …

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Fisheries want help investigating dead sawfish

QBFP officers at Mackay are investigating after receiving a complaint about a dead sawfish found on Belmunda Beach, Mackay on Monday 16 November 2020. If you have any info about who might have caught or discarded the sawfish, please give QBFP Mackay a ring on 4999 8551 or call the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Sawfish are a no-take …

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Crazy kingie growth rate!

Many keen kingie fishos might be surprised at just how old (or young!) their catches could be. Samples donated to the Research Angler Program (RAP) have shown the age of a just legal fish (65cm) can range from one to four years. This is because growth rates are variable; however, most fish sampled grow relatively quickly and reach 65cm between …

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Discovery of 500m tall reef

Australian scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef just off Cape York on the Great Barrier Reef that’s taller than the Empire State Building or the Sydney Tower. The scientists found the reef, which is more than 500m high, as they were mapping the northern Great Barrier Reef seabed from aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor. “The base …

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Recaptured Spanish mackerel sets new record

A Spanish mackerel originally tagged by gun fishing father and son team Vic and Zane Levett has gone on to be recaptured. Zane (pictured) caught the fish during a hot bite on the NSW Mid North Coast back in April 2019. Estimated at 13kg, the mack was quickly subdued on relatively heavy tackle. The fish was brought alongside the boat …

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