Fishing News

Snapper Boost for South Australia

The South Australian Government has announced 300,000 snapper fingerlings will be released in Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent this year. The restock follows a 2020 government snapper fishery assessment, which found that snapper stock in the state’s Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent were “depleted”. Approximately 150,000 fingerlings will begin to be released in northern Gulf St Vincent over …

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Solid growth rate for tagged flathead

A croc-sized dusky flathead tagged in the St Georges Basin Trophy Fishery has recorded an impressive 10cm growth rate after being recaptured just over three years after it was originally released. Angler Marley Watson, aged 13, recaptured the 97cm flattie while fishing on the southern side in the Basin on 29 December 2020. The tag details reveal the fish was …

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Tide Guide and Angler’s Almanac 2021

THE leading pocketbooks for anglers and boaties on Australia’s eastern coastline – Tide Guide and Angler’s Almanac – have been improved for 2021 and are available now from retail outlets. The Angler’s Almanac, which provides a ready reckoner for the best days and times to go fishing times according to lunar and solar cycles, also features a new section on …

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Safe disposal of fish frames

THERE’S been a noticeable increase in fishers throwing fish frames back in the water near several popular swimming spots. In addition to kids and swimmers standing on fish spikes, discarded fish frames can also attract sharks and crocodiles. While it’s not an offence under fisheries legislation, everyone is encouraged to think of others when disposing of frames. Here are some …

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Seafood wholesaler fined for black market sale

A seafood wholesaler in Brisbane was fined more than $24,000 for assisting fish sales on the black market. The wholesaler helped recreational fishermen sell yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, and wahoo without a licence. Fisheries Queensland produced video evidence to the Brisbane Magistrates Court of the wholesaler receiving fish in exchange for cash. The two recreational fishers were also fined $4226 …

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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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