Fishing Rules

DAF stocking groups message

As you may be aware both the stocked impoundment permit and freshwater working groups occurred in mid-May, with a number of discussion topics. Fisheries Queensland Communiques will have been released for your information. Fisheries Queensland is also on the lookout for opportunities to promote fishing and stocking around Queensland. You may have noticed more of our articles appearing in fishing …

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New dusky flathead and lobster rules

NSW introduces new dusky flathead and lobster recreational fishing rules – effective 1 August 2022. From 1 August 2022 there are new recreational fishing rules for dusky flathead and lobster in NSW. This follows a comprehensive community consultation process which showed strong community support for the proposed changes. The new changes for recreational fishers (line fishers and spear fishers) are: …

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Fish aggregating devices (FADs)

FADs

Check out this impressive mahi mahi caught by Bo around fish aggregating device (FAD) 1, just off the Gold Coast. Mahi mahi are one of the most common fish found near these devices, along with other pelagic fish such as cobia. They are also one of the fastest growing fish in the sea making them a resilient fish species. The …

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Fisheries Qld grants announced

27 Queensland community-based not-for-profit organisations, fishing clubs and incorporated associations have received funding for community fishing projects. The funding will support fishing clinics, research and promote recreational fishing or fish habitat improvement and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community fishing projects. Fisheries Qld 4 commercial fishing groups have received funding. These projects will improve fishery management practice, trial cost-effective independent …

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Fisheries Qld target abandoned pots

A joint patrol between Queensland National Parks and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) saw officers targeting lost, abandoned, and unmarked pots from Inskip Point to the southern end of Tin Can Bay. Fisheries Qld The focus of the patrol was to minimise ghost fishing in the region, where lost or abandoned fishing equipment continues to kill wildlife. Fisheries Qld …

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Queensland Fisheries spanner crab survey

Queensland Boating and Fisheries are working with commercial fishers to complete their 20th annual fishery independent spanner crab survey. The fisheries monitoring team will be working onboard chartered commercial vessels across 5 regions of southern Queensland, collecting length, sex and abundance information for spanner crabs. Spanner crabs live in aggregations making it difficult to determine population size from commercial catch …

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Tilapia suspected in Cooby Creek

Biosecurity Queensland is investigating a report of the invasive pest fish species tilapia suspected in Cooby Creek, downstream of Cooby Dam, north of Toowoomba. Cooby Creek is a tributary that flow into the Murray-Darling Basin. If confirmed, this would be the first instance that tilapia have been found in this catchment. Tilapia were introduced into Australia in the 1970s as …

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Fisher nets big fine

A call to the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol has led to a fisher being fined $12,000 in the Townsville Magistrates Court for a range of fishing offences. QBFP monitored the fisher’s activities in Blacksoil Creek south of Townsville through active surveillance, including the use of drones, to assist with the prosecution. The fisher pleaded guilty to possessing: 2 fishing …

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Fisheries reforms effective September 1

A SIGNIFICANT milestone in building a future for the commercial and recreational fishing industries has been reached with the next phase of Queensland Government’s sustainable fisheries reforms coming into effect on September 1. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the changes clarify commercial fishing rules and reporting requirements for fishers, while …

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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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