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  1. Victorian Fisheries Authority Yesterday at 9:09am · Fisheries Officers have nabbed two locals from Wonthaggi with 30 times the abalone limit! The men allegedly took 152 blacklip abalone while diving in a remote area of Wonthaggi Heathlands. The bag limit is no more than 5. On inspecting their vehicle, abalone meats and diving equipment were discovered. Unfortunately, as the abalone had been removed from their shells, they were unable to be returned to the water. The vehicle, equipment and abalone were seized and the pair willface court at a later date. The penalty for taking commercial quantities of abalone is up to 5 years imprisonment. If you see or suspect illegal fishing call 13FISH (13 3474). You can remain anonymous.
  2. Crab pot surveillance nets 25 offenders FISHERIES QUEENSLAND·TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018 A 12-month Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) surveillance operation in North Queensland has resulted in 25 people being charged with interfering with crab pot apparatus. QBFP North Queensland District Manager Glenn Shiels said the operation, which finished in January 2018, targeted Ingham, Townsville, Airlie Beach and Mackay following complaints from recreational and commercial fishers alleging interference with crab pot apparatus. “This surveillance operation demonstrates QBFP’s focus on the detection of interference with crabbing apparatus across Queensland,” Mr Shiels said. “The operation resulted in 22 infringement notices being issued with fines totalling $27,490 whilst three offenders received official cautions. “A total of 10 offences were detected in Townsville, nine in Mackay, five in Airlie Beach and one in Ingham.” Mr Shiels said it was an offence for a person to interfere with crab apparatus which do not belong to the person and this included disturbing or lifting the apparatus. “Under Fisheries regulations, stealing fishing apparatus you didn’t set, including crab pots, is a criminal offence and those caught will be referred to the police,” Mr Shiels said. “On the spot penalties for crabbing-related offences include fines ranging from $252 to $504 for undersized crabs and excess possession limits to $1261 for interfering with crabbing apparatus. “Maximum penalties can exceed $126,000.” Mr Shiels said interference with crab pots was an issue across Queensland and a high percentage of fisheries complaints received by QBFP related to crab pot interference. “The problem occurs in waterways across Queensland and an increased incidence of crab pot interference occurs near higher population centres,” Mr Shiels said. “QBFP conducts targeted operations, which include the use of sophisticated covert camera technology, to ensure compliance with fisheries regulations in response to community concerns and specific intelligence information. “Crab fishers are also encouraged to take responsibility for monitoring their own fishing apparatus and to ensure pots and dillies are marked correctly with the owner’s name and address.” If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Don’t engage with the person, as this can compromise an investigation. For more information on Queensland’s fishing regulations, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores. Follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@FisheriesQld). Malcolm White LikeShow more reactions CommentShareSave
  3. Commercial fisher fined $12,000 FISHERIES QUEENSLAND·WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 A North Queensland commercial fisher has been fined $12,000 after being found guilty of four complaints comprising 19 charges under the Fisheries Act 1994. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Officer Dan Sweeney said the defendant pleaded guilty last month to all four matters in the Cairns Magistrates Court. “The four matters involved a variety of offences including taking or possessing regulated fish for trade or commerce, interfering with a fishing apparatus, and failing to comply with an information requirement,” Mr Sweeney said. “The offences occurred at the Cromarty Creek boat ramp at Giru, south of Townsville in June 2016, in Redbank Creek near Cairns in August 2016 and near Princess Charlotte Bay in November 2016. “QBFP officers found the defendant in possession of 12 undersized male mud crabs, a female mud crab and 28 mud crab claws. “Officers also detected the defendant interfering with a crab pot not owned by him and found that he had failed to complete his Queensland East Coast Net and Crab Logbook.” Mr Sweeney said the fines imposed by the court acknowledged the seriousness of the offences. “The fines imposed reinforce the need for fishers to be aware of and abide by the rules and regulations when fishing in fresh and tidal waters,” Mr Sweeney said. “Penalties for crabbing-related offences include on-the-spot fines which range from $252 for undersized crabs and excess possession limits to $1261 for interfering with crabbing apparatus whilst on the spot penalty for failing to comply with an information requirement is $504. “The Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide provides a comprehensive guide of boating and fishing rules and responsibilities, and is available at www.daf.qld.gov.au.” If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Do not engage with the person, as this can compromise an investigation. For more information on Queensland’s fishing regulations, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores. Follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@FisheriesQld).
  4. NSW DPI Fisheries February 22 at 5:00pm · NSW DPI Fisheries Officers are reminding fishers that it is illegal to pick up fishing gear that's not theirs. Not only is it illegal, it could be dangerous. Fisheries officers have encountered fish hooks set into ropes of set fishing gear, on a number of occasions over the past year. Some of this fishing gear was marked as crab traps. The most recent encounter was on the Hastings River and involved one unmarked and one marked crab trap. The hooks were set into the rope and had been there for some time. NSW DPI strongly advises fishers not to 'man' trap their set fishing gear. You could cause injury to a person who has a lawful reason to inspect the fishing gear and that could see the Police getting involved. Remember, if it’s not your fishing gear, don’t touch it! For more information on current the fishing rules visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fish…/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs or download the free FishSmart NSW app from Google Play at: http://bit.ly/2hO7jLZ or the iTunes App Store at https://appsto.re/au/FY3gbb.i To report illegal fishing activity call Fishers Watch on 1800 043536 or online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishi…/compliance/report-illegal-activity.
  5. Fisheries WA February 22 at 4:03pm · A recreational fisher has been fined nearly $5,000 after being caught with 22 traps during the marron closed season. He had set the traps the evening before, and caught six marron from the Wellington Dam, which he cooked and consumed. The man admitted that he was aware the use of traps to fish for marron was prohibited. He was also ordered to forfeit the traps, marron and other equipment. More details at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/…/Using-illegal-traps-and-fishing…
  6. Fisheries WA 22 hrs · With crabbing in the Peel-Harvey Estuary well underway, recreational fishers need to carefully measure and immediately release any undersize blue swimmer crabs they catch before attempting to catch another, or pulling their next drop net. Even though this summer has seen good numbers of legal sized crabs in the Peel-Harvey Estuary, there are still plenty that are undersize, so ensure you have a crab gauge with you for accurate measuring each crab as soon as you catch them. Crab gauges are available from tackle shops. Any blue swimmer crab you catch that is less than 127 mm carapace width, as well as ‘berried’ (egg-carrying) females, need to be immediately and carefully returned to the water, to give them the best chance of survival. More information on bag and boat limits and drop netting is at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/…/Crabs-require-quick-release.aspx Malcolm White LikeShow more reactions
  7. He was disappointed there was only one in the net !!!!
  8. Well had the grandson for the weekend. when asked what he wanted to do, crabbing and squiding was the answer. he wanted to try the squid jags he won on another site. early start with a chocolate lamington breakfast. Nets in and it wasnt long and the crabs were coming in steady. he tryid his new jags but never got a hit me and Mini Me spot x does it again got our 40 in a couple hours.
  9. It does look great Adrian. got it from a guy on facebook. Profits go to vetrans. under $50 delivered for the large one.
  10. Well with the weather crap for the weekend, went out after work tonight. hit my spot at 4.30. slow and steady but got my bag of blueys in a couple hours. dinner tonight on the boat, south oz rods prans and a crab from the weekend. go to try out my new brag mat as well.
  11. Fisheries WA Yesterday at 7:08pm · Our research scientists are again seeking recreational crabbers to assist with a log book program taking place in the Swan River, Leschenault Estuary and wider Bunbury area. The project is seeking the support of recreational crabbers to record and share their catch data – including the number, size and location of crabs caught, and how often and what methods are used to fish for crabs. The findings will help us gain a detailed understanding of crab catches and the effort that went into them, to develop methods for ongoing assessment of the stocks in south-western Australia. Further information on joining the project can be found at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/…/Call-for-blue-swimmer-citizen-s…
  12. NSW DPI Fisheries 2 hrs · NSW DPI Fisheries Officers patrolling boat ramps along the Tweed River in northern NSW recently found 2 men in possession of 7 mud crabs. Despite having a bag and size limit sign in full view at the boat ramp the fishers were in possession of 4 prohibited size mud crabs. Fisheries officers seized the 4 mud crabs, which were returned to the water alive. Harsh penalties are in place for possessing prohibited size fish with fines of up to $44,000 and/or 12 months in prison. #fineswithyourfish Crabbing rules for the Tweed area can be found at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/Tweed-district-recreational-crab-fishi… Check the local crabbing guides for other locations at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/info For more information on current bag and size limits visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fish…/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs or download the free FishSmart NSW app from Google Play at: http://bit.ly/2hO7jLZ or the iTunes App Store at https://appsto.re/au/FY3gbb.i If you suspect illegal fishing activity report it by calling Fishers Watch on 1800 043536 or report it online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishe…/compliance/report-illegal-activity.
  13. Fisheries Queensland February 5 at 8:45am · Our Fish of the Week is hussar (pink hussar). http://bit.ly/2979VB1 With a rosy-pink upper body and pale belly, the hussar has a yellow band from gill cover to tail fin and a yellow patch around the eyes, smudged towards the snout. Minimum size limit 25 cm, possession limit of 10. Total possession limit of 20 for all Coral Reef Fin Fish.
  14. Fisheries Queensland 10 hrs · There are four regulated crab species in Queensland and each one has its own size and possession limits. A possession limit is the total number of crabs you can legally take and have in your possession at any one time – it does not apply on a per day basis. This includes, for example, the crabs you have caught previously and have at home in the freezer. Check out the size and possession limits for mud, blue swimmer, spanner and three-spot crabs at https://goo.gl/Cu9XVh