Fishing Rules

New fisheries laws mean stronger compliance on the Sunshine Coast

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NEW fisheries laws passed by the Queensland Government mean Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers will have increased powers to crack down on black market fishers. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said making sure fishers followed the rules was critical to maintaining fish stocks. “Our reforms are a crucial step in building a legacy of a …

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Fishal recognition technology helps monitor commercial catches

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CUTTING-edge technology including fish image (fishal) recognition is being used to automatically collect information on commercial fishing in ground-breaking research funded by the Queensland Government. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the feasibility stage of the Advance Queensland Small Business Innovation Research program had produced promising results. “The two successful applicants Anchor Lab and Fish-e have …

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Aussie Salvage Squad crew member fined for taking female crabs

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As posted on the Fisheries Queensland Facebook page: You may remember an episode of Aussie Salvage Squad that aired back in September 2018 which showed members of the crew taking and cooking female mud crabs in Airlie Beach. As promised, we followed up on your concerns and interviewed the team. One member of the crew was issued with two infringement …

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Crab pots seized, body cameras worn by Sunshine Coast fisheries officers

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SUNSHINE Coast Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers have seized 130 crab pots from the Maroochy River during a targeted operation in January. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the operation targeted abandoned crab pots which could continue to ‘ghost fish’.  “Ghost fishing happens when lost or abandoned fishing gear continues to catch crabs, fish and …

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Get ready for barramundi season

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QUEENSLAND anglers are gearing up for barramundi season, which re-opens at midday on Friday, February 1. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Tony Loader reminded fishers to check the size and possession limits that apply to the iconic Queensland species when the season opens. “It’s important that fishers refresh their knowledge of the rules and regulations before dropping a …

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Don’t zone out on the Reef this summer

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KNOW your zones and protect your patch when you’re out on the water this summer — that’s the message from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in the busy holiday period. With several recreational fishers convicted in recent months for fishing in no-take green zone areas, the Authority’s field management assistant director Ben Kettle said it was a timely reminder …

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Seized black marketer’s boat serves as a warning

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A FISHING boat has been seized and forfeited to the state and a recreational fisher and restaurant manager fined more than $8600 for black marketing of red claw. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner welcomed the successful court prosecution, as the Queensland Government moves to further strengthen fisheries laws. “Unlicensed selling of fisheries resources undermines the legitimate …

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Have your say on the future of Moreton Bay shellfish collecting

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THE Queensland Government is seeking public feedback as it considers closing Moreton Bay to shellfish collecting. Fisheries Queensland executive director Claire Andersen said there continues to be a serious level of non-compliance with fisheries regulations for collecting shellfish, particularly at Sandstone Point. “This year, 74 fisheries infringement notices with fines of $19,386 have been issued for unlawful collecting of molluscs …

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Second annual closure looms for coral reef fin fish

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CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from Monday, 5 November 2018, in the second of two annual closures to protect these fish during spawning season. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Tony Loader said the closure would start immediately after midnight at the beginning of 5 November and end immediately before midnight at the end of 9 November. …

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Future closure dates set for coral reef fin fish

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FISHERS planning to go reef fishing can make plans well in advance after long-term closure dates were set for coral reef fin fish. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner recently announced the dates for coral reef fin fish closed seasons for 2019 to 2023. “Setting the closure dates for the next five years will provide certainty for …

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