Fishing Rules

Recent spike in Great Barrier Reef zoning offences

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DESPITE issuing a pre-Easter warning, Great Barrier Reef authorities were disappointed to encounter a high volume and array of illegal activity, including zoning offences, threatening the health of the Reef, and the communities dependent on it, over the long weekend. While data is still coming in from partner agencies, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Great Barrier Reef Marine …

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Crab pot pincher nipped with $5000 fine

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A RECREATIONAL fisher in Hervey Bay has been fined $5000 and ordered to pay restitution after admitting to interfering with commercial crab pots and illegally selling mud crabs. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the man was caught after Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers began investigating reports of people interfering with commercial crab apparatus in …

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Boating Industry Association: please stay at home this Easter

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THE Easter four-day weekend is typically a wonderful time for boating across Australia but 2020 is far from a typical year, with the Boating Industry Association urging people to please stay home this Easter. Fires, floods and now a pandemic have made this an extraordinary and challenging time. The BIA supports government countermeasures to protect Australians from the full impact …

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Commercial fishers fined $26,000 for taking female mud crabs

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TWO Central Queensland commercial fishers caught with female mud crabs have been fined $26,000 in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court. Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the court’s penalty sent a message to all fishers that the illegal take of Queensland fisheries resources will not be tolerated. “By blatantly disregarding Queensland’s fisheries laws and taking protected species such as female mud …

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Illegal fishers cop $63,000 in fines after Operation Turbo Reef

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MORE than 6251 marine invertebrates have been seized, 337 offences detected and $63,000 in fines issued in an operation designed to target illegal shellfish collection in the Sydney metropolitan region. The issuing of fines has completed Operation Turbo Reef, an initiative of NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries Compliance Unit. Acting Director Fisheries Compliance Brett Andrew said the operation is …

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$53,000 fine for illegal crab haul on Gold Coast

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TWO people were fined a total of $53,000 after being found in possession of an illegal crab haul comprising a large number of female and undersized crabs and undersized fish taken from Paradise Point on the Gold Coast. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said: “While the vast majority of fishers do the right thing, there are …

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Boat crushing sends loud, clear message to illegal fishers

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THE fishing boat at the centre of Queensland’s biggest black market fisheries bust has been reduced to recycling material after being seized and crushed by the State Government. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the 4.3m aluminium vessel was crushed to show all fishers what can happen if they flout Queensland’s fisheries laws. “This boat crushing …

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New moon brings second coral reef fin fish fishing closure for 2019

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CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits again from Sunday, November 24, 2019 when the second of two annual fin fish fishing closure periods commences to protect these fishing during spawning. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Tony Loader said the five-day closure coincides with the new moon when key coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn. “October and …

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Illegal fishing nets cause destruction of Logan wildlife

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QUEENSLAND Boating and Fisheries Patrol has launched an investigation after scores of native wildlife including turtles, fish and even an eagle were found dead in illegal fishing nets in the Logan River. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the four nets were discovered by the QBFP in the river at Jimboomba. “As many as 120 turtles, …

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East coast waters closed for barramundi fishing

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Barramundi fishing will be off-limits throughout Queensland’s east coast from 1 November 2019 to 31 January 2020. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Glenn Shiels said fishers should be aware that the timing of the closed season had changed to make it consistent with other Queensland fisheries closures. “Most fisheries closures now operate from midnight to midnight and cover …

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