Commercial crabber caught with excess pots

Apr 24, 2014 - 10:41 AM - by Fisheries Queensland
Queensland Government
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

24 April 2014

Commercial crabber caught with excess pots

A commercial fisher has been convicted and fined $20,000 and ordered to pay over $4,000 in costs in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court for illegal crabbing offences.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) officer Greg Bowness said the fisher also had his commercial fishing licence suspended for two months and was required to forfeit a quantity of fishing gear.

“QBFP officers boarded a commercial crabbing vessel to conduct an inspection after receiving complaints from industry,” Mr Bowness said.

“During the inspection, all lines being used were identified and checked.

“Throughout the course of the operation, officers located and hauled in a number of excess lines that were identified as having been used by the crabber.

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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
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21 Replies | 6,212 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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