Apart from its risk to maritime safety, illegal fishing equipment can ‘ghost fish’ whilst it remains within the marine environment. As a result, the equipment can continue to trap and potentially kill marine life.
QBFP field officers successfully located the equipment and removed it from the marine environment.
If you spot any illegal fishing equipment, you can report it via the 24-hour toll-free Fishwatch Hotline 1800 017 116.
Fishing is an important part of the Queensland culture and lifestyle. It provides significant value to local economies through leisure and tourism related
spending. Commercial fisheries and aquaculture sectors also generate significant economic benefits and ensure that the whole community can enjoy seafood.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (the department) is responsible for administering legislation governing the use of Queensland’s fisheries resources and protection of fisheries habitats. Queensland’s Fisheries Act 1994 (the Act) sets out the department’s responsibilities for the ecologically sustainable development of Queensland’s fisheries resources and habitats ensuring they are managed sustainably for the future.
Fisheries Queensland, within the department, is the lead agency within the Queensland Government that develops and applies principles and procedures to
ensure that the legislation is enforced in a manner that is fair, transparent, consistent and achieves an optimal level of compliance.
Maintaining sustainable fisheries is achieved by a number of means including a strong focus on compliance. Queensland’s compliance is implemented and enforced by Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP), an organisational unit of Fisheries Queensland.