Hands off shark control gear - fines apply

Apr 22, 2014 - 1:54 PM - by Fisheries Queensland
Queensland Government
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

22 April 2014

Hands off shark control gear – fines apply

Fisheries Queensland is reminding people to keep their hands off shark control equipment or cop penalties up to $55,000.

Fisheries Queensland Acting Shark Control Program manager Michael Mikitis warned people to stay away from shark control equipment not just because of the financial penalty but also for their own safety.

“It is illegal to interfere with the Queensland Government’s shark control equipment including bait, ropes, netting or buoys,” Mr Mikitis said.

“Any individual or group of people caught removing bait or stealing drumline equipment could face the maximum penalty of $55,000.

“Also, for safety reasons we encourage people stay well away from shark control equipment because of the hooks or the possibility of getting too close to live... [Read More]
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CONGRATULATIONS CANCELLED Minister McVeigh Fisheries Review

Apr 02, 2014 - 11:28 AM - by Macks forever
Unfortunately it seems I jumped the gun.

I have just seen an email identifying the glaring flaws in the Qld Fisheries Review.

I previously raised concerns about getting a truly independent reviewer. It appeared Minister McVeigh considered this worthy and stated it would be independent. I gave him credit for that.
Then the invitation to tender went out.

Would you believe the tender document states that all tenders have to be in by 11am on the 7th April?

To quote from the email:
''This is simply impossible for any decent consultant/applicant to comply with, especially international consultants, and smacks of Fisheries/Govt-

  • already having someone lined up to do it, or
... [Read More]
21 Replies | 6,185 Views

High price to pay for refusing a routine inspection

Apr 16, 2014 - 4:02 PM - by Fisheries Queensland
Queensland Government
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

14 April 2014

High price to pay for refusing a routine inspection

A commercial fisher has been convicted and fined $12,000 and had his commercial fisher licence suspended for two months after pleading guilty to two obstruction charges in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) officer James Hohenhaus said the man had been charged with obstruction during a routine inspection around Bustard Head, on the Central Queensland coast.

“Officers approached the trawler with the intention of conducting a routine inspection,” Mr Hohenhaus said.

“The master of the vessel became verbally abusive and physically obstructive by not allowing officers to conduct an inspection of the vessel including its freezer.

“He was of the opinion that we required his permission to be on... [Read More]
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Rec Fishing in Green zones - govt plan for beach fishing at Scott's Point & beyond

Feb 16, 2014 - 2:26 PM - by Mark Robinson MP
The Honourable Campbell Newman
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Honourable John McVeigh
Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
The Honourable Steve Dickson

Proposal to allow recreational fishing at Scotts Point

Recreational anglers could soon be able to wet a line at Scotts Point on the Redcliffe Peninsula, under a proposal to change marine park zoning.

Premier Campbell Newman said he wanted to change the zoning of the first 100 metres of the existing Scotts Point marine national park zone to allow recreational fishing from the shore.

“The current zoning deprives families of the pleasure of fishing from the shoreline at Scotts Point,” Mr Newman said.

“Many Redcliffe locals have told us they want to use the shoreline at Scotts Point for recreational fishing, so we’re now consulting more... [Read More]
39 Replies | 6,152 Views

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