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  1. Victorian Fisheries Authority 1 hr · A Haddon man has been jailed for three months, fined $5,000 and banned from fishing for seven years after an incident with Fisheries Officers on Port Phillip Bay, near Clifton Springs, last year. The 52 year-old allegedly became hostile and aggressive, refused to co-operate and provided a false name and details when intercepted by Fisheries Officers. Due to this behaviour, Officers were not able to complete their inspection of the man's vessel or establish if he had a fishing licence. Water Police also attended and were unable to safely board the vessel. The man was found guilty of 26 charges under the Fisheries Act. In addition to the sentence and the fine, he was also ordered to pay $6,722 in costs. Over 48,000 inspections were carried out by the Victorian Fisheries Authority last financial year to promote sustainable, safe and responsible fishing. We'd like to thank the vast majority of fishers that provide assistance to Fisheries Officers during the inspection process and exercise excellent stewardship of Victoria's fisheries resources by reporting illegal fishing to the 13 FISH (13 3474) hotline. We wish you all a great weekend - stay safe!
  2. Fisheries WA 21 hrs · A Mandurah recreational fisher has been fined more than $11,000 in court, after pulling a lobster pot registered to his wife several times and also for interfering with other pots that did not belong to him. It’s an offence for a person to pull or set a rock lobster pot, unless that fishing gear has the identification number unique to that person’s rock lobster licence. The fisher and another man were observed by Fisheries officers pulling, setting and interfering with a number of lobster pots near Blue Bay at Halls Head. A third man was also charged with similar offences and fined $2,000 and ordered to also pay court costs of $190.85. http://bit.ly/2iHr0Va
  3. NSW DPI Fisheries added 2 new photos. Yesterday at 2:48pm · Massive Basin Tailor! South Coast angler Scott Tillman caught this amazing 103cm tailor in St Georges Basin this morning. The huge fish weighed in at 7.845kg and is being submitted for a potential ANSA record claim. Scott caught the mighty chopper on a 100mm Squidgy Fish soft plastic rigged on a 3/8oz jighead in 9m of water. He was fishing for flathead and reports the tailor hit on the drop, making only the slightest "tap" on the line. Scott struck, came up tight and the fish made a series of big runs with heavy headshakes. After a torrid 15-minute battle, Scott landed it for a quick measure and photos. Unfortunately the fish couldn't be revived so Scott has kindly donated it to DPI's Research Angler Program. DPI scientists will now analyse the fish's otoliths (ear bones) to determine its age. Some of the oldest tailor so far assessed by DPI in NSW include two six-year-old specimens, one measuring 81cm caught in Lake Macquarie earlier this year and an 86cm monster caught in St Georges Basin in 2015. Scott's fish is significantly bigger than these so it will be really interesting to get info on its age. Internationally, tailor (known as "bluefish" in North America and "elf" or "shad" in Southern Africa) have been aged at up to 12 years old. Stay tuned for more info from our research team on Scott's huge South Coast chopper! Meantime, find out about the Research Angler Program here: http://bit.ly/2jDuviN.
  4. Fisheries Queensland updated their cover photo. Yesterday at 8:35am · The annual closed season for barramundi is underway along Queensland's East Coast and the Gulf of Carpentaria. The closures are in place to protect barramundi stock during their vulnerable spawning season. For detailed information about closed seasons in Queensland tidal and fresh waters, visit our webpages http://bit.ly/2fx94gR and http://bit.ly/23WBNc3.
  5. Fisheries WA Yesterday at 12:31pm · A Broome magistrate has fined a Kalbarri man almost $1,500 for illegally using fish traps to catch cherabin at Willems Pool in the Fitzroy River. Cherabin are a small freshwater crayfish found in the Kimberley. Fisheries officers located six traps, all baited with dog biscuits. The offender admitting that four of the traps were his and that he had caught 34 cherabin in the traps over three separate occasions. The conviction is a significant reminder for recreational fishers in the Kimberley that the use of fish traps is illegal and banned in WA, due to the potential impacts on aquatic life. http://bit.ly/2mJ2gQX
  6. Victorian Fisheries Authority Yesterday at 5:36pm · Handling Murray cod well is crucial for their survival and the effectiveness of the slot limit, particularly for big fish over 75cm. That's why we've developed a 5 point plan to care for cod! 1. Be prepared 2. Reduce air time 3. Gently does it 4. Use the right gear 5. When they're on the nest, give them a rest Learn more at www.vfa.vic.gov.au/codhandling or join us at the free Murray Codference on Sunday 10 December in Shepparton to hear all about our broader campaign! Register for your free Codference seat at www.vfa.vic.gov.au/codference2017.
  7. Sounds a good trip, nice fish
  8. Well went out yesterday with a mate in his boat. the aim was crabs and gar. tried 4 spots for 2 crabs, 1 squid, 6 gar and a few tommies. dont know where they have gone.
  9. Yes agreed. you can bet its not their first time.
  10. Intersested ? Go to the victorian fisheries page for more detailS Upcoming Events Dec10 Interested Murray Codference 2017 Sun 9 AM UTC+11 · You like Victorian Fisheries
  11. Victorian Fisheries Authority shared North Central CMA's post. 3 hrs · Great to see! Thanks Lake Boga Men's Shed for building these wonderful fish havens, or "cod condos", to boost our native fish populations. Yet another example of #fishinglicencefeesatwork. North Central CMALike Page November 9 at 11:47am · A big thank you to the Lake Boga, Victoria Men’s shed for building fish havens as part of our Native Fish Recovery Plan. The 10 fish havens, along with 10 large snag piles will be installed in the Little Murray River downstream of Little Murray Weir to boost native fish populations including Murray cod, golden and silver perch and catfish. The project is being funded through Recreational Fishing Licence Fees. The fish havens, or cod condos as some like to call them, will provide a rest area for fish in high flows and act as a refuge from predators. Native fish also like to use them as spawning sites and some use them as territorial markers. Fish havens also promote algae and bacteria growth, which attracts invertebrates (water bugs), an important part of the fish food web. The fish havens will add value to other works being undertaken by GMW Connections in the Little Murray River, including the construction of two new fishways, re-snagging between the two weirs, and provision of fish friendly flows. Tap the link to learn more about the NFRP http://www.nccma.vic.gov.au/projects/biodiversity
  12. Fisheries WA 56 mins · A Rockingham magistrate this week has issued more than $26,000 in fines to men found guilty of interfering with lobster gear not belonging to them on up to eight separate occasions. The charges also included exceeding possession limits and other related offences. One of the men was also prohibited by the court from being in possession of, or fishing for, rock lobster for 12 months. Fisheries and Marine Officers said the nature of rock lobster fishing required pots to be set and left unattended, so respect, cooperation and goodwill among all fishers is vital. http://bit.ly/2ASV1ZO
  13. NSW DPI Fisheries 7 hrs · Court proves costly! A man found fishing on the Parramatta River in Sydney who had not paid the Recreational Fishing Fee was issued a $200 penalty notice - he decided to have the matter heard in court. Appearing in Liverpool Local Court recently, the man claimed he was being taught how to fish by his friends and had only been fishing for a few minutes before fisheries officers arrived. The magistrate took his explanation into account and ruled that the offence was proven and dismissed the matter without conviction. The magistrate then ordered the man to pay professional costs to NSW DPI and court costs amounting to $5,000. #caughtcosts If the man had spent that $5,000 on 3 year Recreational Fishing Fee payments, he could fish for over 170 years!! To purchase your NSW Recreational Fishing Fee call 1300 369 365 or visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fi…/recreational/recreational-fishing-fee Report illegal fishing activity by calling Fishers Watch on 1800 043536 or online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishi…/compliance/report-illegal-activity.
  14. NSW DPI Fisheries added 3 new photos. 2 hrs · Failing to appear in court can be costly.. NSW DPI Fisheries Officers apprehended two (2) men found in possession of 638 whelks, 386 cockles and 42 blue swimmer crabs at Windang boat ramp in southern NSW. The men were issued court attendance notices but when they failed to appear in Wollongong Local Court in August they were convicted on all charges in their absence. They have since appeared in Wollongong Local Court where they were issued over $16,000 in fines and costs. #caughtcosts For further information read the full media release at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/media-centre/releases 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/fishi…/compliance/report-illegal-activity. File photo’s attached
  15. Awesome