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  1. ellicat

    R A F F L E

    $30 for a chance to win - Boat - Bluefin 4.2m Rogue Valued at $4,979 With Oceanic Trailer Valued at $1,990 With Parsun 30hp outboard engine Valued at $1,750 $8,719 Insured by Club Marine Drawn 14 October 2018. The raffle is to support the endeavours in restoring oyster reefs to Moreton Bay. Just leave a message below or send me a PM to arrange a ticket.
  2. Drop Bear

    Underwater Sounds

    I just enjoyed watching this. Not important.
  3. Hey Dropbear check your messages mate I sent you some information on this MSB
  4. Drop Bear

    Massive Reds!!!

    so... This was in the shop today... was about 24cm long... Is that ok? It was very sad to see i must say.
  5. I am hoping to set up a meeting/BBQ with interested people to go through the requirements for starting a chapter on Ozfish unlimited so we can continue the oyster reef project. Does Sunday 4pm at my place work? I will put on a sausage sizzle. Partners welcome. Please let me know if this time suits and if you can come so I can get enough sausages. Thanks DB
  6. This is the January post for an ongoing Moreton Bay Oyster Reef restoration project. There is more info in this thread. @ellicat and I had a great meeting with Craig Copland from Oz Fish Unlimited this week. Basically they offer a lot of things we can use to get the Moreton Bay Oyster Reef project up and running. The first step we need to do is get a list of people that want to be involved. We all live busy lives so please don't think I am putting any pressure on any one to get involved. A few of us have shown an interest and I will clearly mark any topics with what this is so if it is not your thing it is totally cool. Please let me know if I am overstepping the mark at any time. Interested people need to become members of Oz Fish Unlimited. This costs $25. They are keeping it under their hat but they are hoping that members are going to be offered a $50 gift voucher to BCF when they renew membership so probably a good investment anyhow (this is not a thing yet). Membership gets you a hat and a sticker and some other stuff. Then we need to have a BBQ and a beer at my house and go through a few things. We need to; Name our Chapter Decide where our chapter will work Decide a few titles for people Register the chapter Have another bbq and beers and laugh a lot. Oz Fish have; Insurance for members, volunteers and public liability, Funds available for these sorts of projects, Political muscle to get these projects approved, Experience on how best to go about things like this as well as writing grants for council and govt, Scientists on hand to give us great info and guidelines, Great contacts with BCF including Tingalpa (for fund raising if we want) lots of other benefits. Another thing we should all discuss as it involves everyone. @angus said we should start a fishing club "Australian Fishing Club" so we can just have a banner and this would be attached to AFO. I don't know much about how this would work so would love your feedback. I hope this will all help us get lots of prizes from BCF for AFO competitions. I hope it will help revitalise AFO with prizes for competitions like the North v South, Fish of the Month, Report of the Month type things and encourage younger anglers get involved in AFO. Prizes yay! There could be prizes for things like socials, wanderers and Christmas parties. Again, please don't feel any pressure to join Oz Fish or even be involved in the Moreton Bay Oyster Reef project. This is just for people that want to get involved and I feel wont disrupt the awesome AFO site. Please let me know if you agree or if I am over stepping the mark in any way. Thanks
  7. On average, oyster reefs can enhance fish biomass by 2.6kg of fish per year per 10m2 of oyster reef. Oyster reefs were destroyed by early European settlers. They were heavily dredged for food, the shells were prized for lime and early farming had unmanaged silt run off that smothered and killed much of the Oyster reefs. So as a fishing group I would like to suggest we get on board and help to reinstate Oyster reefs starting with, but not limited to, the Wynnum Foreshore. There has been a lot of work being done on Oyster Reefs in SEQ. Recent reports show how important they are to our waterways. Projects have been successfully done in Noosa river River and Lake System/BBTF Newsletter April 2017 USC.pdf and @christophagus discovered that they have just done one in the Pumistone passage. I have made contact with Dr Ben Gilby, who has encouraged us to do this project and @kmcrosby78 is hoping to contact Dr McPhee who has written a book on Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay @Sparksie has found where we can get funding for this I have contacted the shellfish reef restoration and asked if they can help us to work out the best places to put reefs in and if they can help us get environmental approvals to do this. This is a great site and I really hope they will be a fantastic resource. So can we do this? We have lots of fantastic people on this site who have boats or access to boats. I have a big backyard and would be happy to use part of it to store, decontaminate and bag up the shells. The stories of whiting and bream being regularly caught in the wynnum area back in the day makes me realize that something is wrong and I really think that the removal of Oyster Reefs could be a large part of this. I have never done anything like this but am really keen to. Let do it!
  8. Drop Bear

    Noosa Oyster Reefs

    This looks interesting. Perhaps something I could do locally in Tingalpa Creek and Wynnum Creek. Or even out the front of Wynnum Creek. Has anyone been involved in creating a project like this? I will do some research and try and chat to the scientists behind this and see what they think. It is really interesting to see the shell fish that grow on old oyster beds compared to the silty weed beds. I would love to build the numbers of fish closer to Wynnum. River and Lake System/BBTF Newsletter April 2017 USC.pdf I might look at council and see if they would give me a grant!
  9. Previously I would have posted this in the Outdoor`s section but that does not appear to be available these days? If you do, we would love to hear from you. Your opinions will help the NSW Department of Primary Industries Game Licensing Unit to better understand the experiences of hunters in NSW and the economic and other benefits that hunting brings to the community. In order to tell us your views, please click 'Start Survey' below. It will take 15 minutes or so to complete the confidential survey. The survey is best done on a computer. Although it is possible to complete the survey on a tablet or smart phone, this may take longer. Full Details
  10. Taken from NSW DPI NEWCAST email 7-11-17 Recreational fishers are reminded that pipis must not be collected, by any method and for any purpose, other than for use as fishing bait, right along the NSW coastline. Pipis collected for use as bait must not be removed from an area within 50 metres of the mean high water mark. This closure is in place because pipis may contain toxins due to natural algal blooms, which may not always be visible. Algal blooms can occur anywhere along the coast and are normally the result of the upwelling of nutrient rich deep ocean water onto the continental shelf, and can often be seen after rainfall events in estuaries and in river mouths. Some of these algae produce harmful toxins that can build up in marine shellfish and the toxins are capable of making people very ill. Please note that cooking does not destroy the toxins. As part of a routine market survey of wild harvest shellfish undertaken by NSW Food Authority staff, samples from Stockton Beach (harvested 26 and 27 September) collected from the Sydney Fish Markets exceeded the regulatory limit (0.2 mg/kg) for diarrhetic shellfish toxins caused by Dinophysis spp. The Stockton Beach harvest area was closed as a result and stock harvested at that location was removed from sale.
  11. I was unaware of this practise. link: Animal activists are urging a boycott of Australia's farmed prawns in a bid to force an end to a procedure that involves slicing and cutting off the eyes of live female prawns to speed up the breeding process. "They use a scissor-like application, a hot iron, to cut one of the eyes, the eyestalks, off breeding prawns in order to bring them very quickly to maturity. It's quite horrific and its causes them pain," she said………… Australian Prawn Farmers' Association president Matt West staunchly defended eyestalk ablation as a necessary procedure done in accordance with industry best practice. ……."Every single thing that we do to these animals is designed to reduce stress, including some of the hatcheries are using anaesthesia to reduce stress," he said. "We do eyestalk ablate, but it's done under very strict conditions and it's very, very different to what's depicted.
  12. Taken from FW email newsletter 24 July 21 July THE Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) has cautiously welcomed the new Commonwealth Marine Reserve network plans released by the Director of National Parks Sally Barnes. Managing director of ARFF Allan Hansard said: “Though we are still working through the detail of the plans, we are pleased to note that these plans demonstrate a more balanced approach to the Commonwealth marine reserve system than we have seen in the past.” “The plans aim to deliver a world class marine reserve network while recognising the important contribution of key stakeholders, including Australian recreational fishers,” said Hansard. “We think this plan goes a long way to achieving this objective. “These plans are definitely a large improvement on the plans produced by the previous Government that would have seen recreational fishers locked out of over 1.3 million square kilometres of Australian seas, with out any scientific justification. Now we have access to 97 per cent of waters within 100km of the coast, and 80 per cent of the whole network. “These plans maintain access to many of the iconic recreational fishing locations around Australia, with access to 76 per cent of the Coral Sea compared to 46 per cent in the previous plans meaning we have access to the world renowned Wreck, Marion, Shark and Osprey reefs in the Coral Sea and the Perth Trench and Geographe Bay in Western Australia. “This will mean that Australians will still be able to sustainably fish these places for generations to come. “Obviously we have some issues that we would like to have addressed before these plans are finalised. We will be using the submission process to raise these issues with the Government. We are particularly interested in how we can work with the Government in the future management of the new marine reserve network to improve community engagement, obtain a better understanding of fishing and the environment, trial new information management technologies and establish moorings and other systems to improve visitor experiences and recreational opportunities. "We look forward to constructively work with the Government on these plans to ensure a world leading marine reserve network,” Hansard said. Recfishwest, the peak rec fishing body in Western Australia, welcomed the latest Commonwealth Marine Reserves network plans, which recognises the importance of fishing in WA. Recfishwest operations manager Leyland Campbell said Recfishwest were pleased to see these new plans deliver a more balanced approach than we have seen in the past and that the value of key recreational fishing areas have been acknowledged. “These plans are definitely a large improvement on the plans produced by the previous Government which significantly impacted on fishing access,” Campbell said. “After years of uncertainty, long drawn-out discussions and several different draft plans, todayís announcement is a better outcome for fishing.” “These new plans maintain access to many of the iconic fishing locations around WA, including the Rottnest Trench and the South West’s Geographe Bay which had previously been earmarked for closed areas. This will mean that West Aussies can continue to sustainably fish these places for generations to come.” Go to link to view the marine park plans in more detail and the process for feedback. Submissions close September 20, 2017.
  13. taken from fisheries Qld email 5-7-17 Dear fisheries stakeholder, In June 2017 the Queensland Government released the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017 – 2027, paving the way for Queensland to have a world-class fisheries management system. A key action of the strategy is to establish fishery-specific working groups to provide operational advice from stakeholders from across the sector in the fisheries management process. Fisheries Queensland is now seeking expressions of interest for members of the first three fishery working groups being established for the trawl, crab and east coast inshore fisheries. Each working group will provide advice to Fisheries Queensland on the operational aspects of the management of a particular fishery. The initial focus will be advice on the development of management options and a harvest strategy for the fishery. Working groups are advisory only and will not be decision-making bodies. Working groups will be made up of a range of stakeholders – commercial and recreational fishers, charter operators, seafood marketers and processors and people with conservation experience. Anyone is able to nominate, regardless of whether you are a member of a industry or community organisation. Independent scientific advice will also be sought from the Sustainable Fisheries Expert Panel, made up of experts in the field of fish biology, fishery management, stock assessment modelling and economic and social science. Membership on the working groups is on a voluntary basis. No sitting fees will be paid. Members will be reimbursed for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses including domestic travel, accommodation costs, motor vehicle allowances and meals. Participation in working groups is a big commitment. Working groups established to provide advice on the development of a harvest strategy will be intensive and require a number of meetings every 4 to 8 weeks and out-of-session work. Some meeting may be held using teleconference facilities. How to apply Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Saturday, 22 July 2017. To apply please visit the Expression of Interest website ( and complete the Expression of Interest Form. Please return your completed nomination form to: Mail: Director, Management and Reform, Fisheries Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, GPO Box 46, Brisbane QLD 4001; or Email: Membership of working groups will be finalised by August 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in writing and be contacted to arrange attendance at the first working group meeting – scheduled for September/October 2017. Being a member of a working group is not the only way to get involved. Fisheries Queensland will be engaging all stakeholders more broadly. One of the actions in the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy is to utilise more novel engagement techniques (including online surveys) to gather a range of feedback on particular fishery issues. Fisheries Queensland will also be holding regular regional face to face meetings in regional and port areas and releasing discussion papers on options to better manage our fisheries. More information about the working groups, including Terms of Reference, is available online at Please contact the Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23 if you have any queries.
  14. Taken from FW email newsletter Staff from the University of NSW, Sydney, are currently conducting research into the public perception of sharks. In particular, they are looking at people's lived expereince such as personal background and ocean use. As a part of this study a short (~10min) survey has been created and is publicly available at the following link This research aims to get a further understanding of what people think of sharks and why, in order to accurately guide shark management in Australia.
  15. Gees DAf certainly getting their finger out. Worth a read. Cheers Ray
  16. In June 2017, the Queensland Government released the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2027, paving the way for Queensland to have a world-class fisheries management system. Some of the actions in the Strategy include things like harvest strategies for each fishery, satellite tracking on all commercial fishing boats, regionally specific fishing rules and using new technologies more effectively. Importantly, these reforms also deliver on a number of actions under the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan, highlighting our ongoing commitment to the Great Barrier Reef. The Strategy and factsheets about what the Strategy means for different stakeholder groups are available online at
  17. Why is no conviction recorded? They should name and shame these b%stards. If you are caught for speeding you name goes in the paper, why not these clowns. Just puts a bad name on the rest of us.. Cheers Gary.
  18. Old Scaley

    Qantas Spill Update

    For those interested in how the testing is progressing after the chemical spill at the airport.
  19. Taken from FW email newsletter 11 May 2017 THE Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has approved the determination of mid-water pair trawling as an approved fishing method in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) until October 2018, subject to conditions and review. This decision comes on the back of AFMA's recent announcement of an increase in the slimy mackerel quota of 450 per cent for the current season. "The decision was made after considering the best available science and data with advice sought from the South East Management Advisory Committee, SPF Scientific Panel, SPF Stakeholder Forum, marine mammal and seabird experts and the public," a spokesperson from AFMA said. "The period to comment publically on the determination of pair trawling as a fishing method opened on 22 December 2016 and closed 10 February 2017. In total, AFMA received 67 submissions, the majority of which were opposed to mid-water pair trawling in the fishery. Issues raised by the public included: impacts of fishing small pelagics on the broader ecosystem localised depletion risks to protected species negative impact on the recreational or tourism sector. Of further interest to recreational fishers will be the fact that one operator applied to pair trawl in the SPF and AFMA has gone further and approved pair trawling as a method, meaning that any licenced operator may now use the method. On the impact to recreational fishing, AFMA dismissed stakeholder concerns saying that fishing in the SPF would not negatively impact recreational fishing, regardless of the method. "The Commission noted the Scientific Panel’s advice that there is a low risk of localised depletion for SPF stocks due to the high mobility and rapid re-distribution of these species. Extensive dietary analyses and ecosystem modelling in Australian waters has shown that predator species are not highly dependent on SPF species and have a high capacity to switch prey. For these reasons, and the adoption of the revised harvest strategy which had been ecologically and economically tested, the Commission considered that fishing in the SPF would not negatively impact on recreational fishing, regardless of the method," a statement said. You can read the complete rationale for the AFMA Commission’s decision regarding mid-water pair trawling here. Further detail on the Commission’s decision regarding mid-water pair trawling and summary of comments received during public consultation can be found on
  20. One can not let this day pass without taking a moment to refect on the warnings issued 47 years ago on the first Earth Day April 22 1970 I wonder what ever happened to Kenneth Watt, the ecologist…… “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist Earth Day April 22, 1970 Earth Day a Recap of April 22, 1970 “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” • Paul Ehrlich, StanfordUniversity biologist. Earth Day April 22, 1970 “By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” Paul Ehrlich, StanfordUniversity biologist Earth Day April 22, 1970 “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” • Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” • Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” • Life Magazine, January 1970 “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist “Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” • Sen. Gaylord Nelson
  21. I found this interesting. I'd love to see carp and other noxious species removed form our waterways but at what cost? “Carp is one of the most farmed fish in the world and an important source of protein in lower to middle income countries, so is vital to food security.” “This virus is now found in almost every river and lake system in Japan, and in another 32 countries,” he told Guardian Australia. “Despite that, the only species that this virus has been detected to cause disease in is the common carp.
  22. Angus

    Tasty Milkfish

    That is a first me... Interesting the other species on sale as well.
  23. SeaFish Tasmania's new vessel, the Geelong Star is already fishing off the Great Australian Bight. Supporters of a new 95-metre factory fishing trawler are calling for calm as opposition to the SeaFish Tasmania vessel ramps up. />
  24. Taken from FW email newsletter 9-6-16 THE Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has recently reviewed the Vessel Management Plan (VMP) for the Geelong Star and is now releasing this revised draft VMP for public comment. This VMP is a boat-specific statutory requirement which sets out what the Geelong Star must do to minimise the risk of interactions with protected species (e.g. seabirds, seals and dolphins) as well as the general operational requirements of the boat. The VMP should be read alongside the general management arrangements for the Small Pelagic Fishery which can be found on the AFMA website. More information on the changes to the revised draft VMP can be found at Summary of changes in the revised draft Geelong Star Vessel Management Plan: Those with an interest in the management of the Small Pelagic Fishery are welcome to provide comments on the revised draft VMP by 27 June 2016. Comments can be made by going to AFMA’s website. AFMA will consider public comments prior to finalising the revised VMP and is particularly seeking any science or evidence that would lead to its improvement. The final VMP will be published on AFMA’s website. Please note that any public comments received may be made public unless the person or body submitting them makes it clear that they do not want them to be made public. Further information about how AFMA manages its fisheries can be found on the AFMA website:
  25. Taken from Fishing World`s website news 6 June 2016 OZFISH aims to change the ways Aussies fish OZFISH Unlimited is a new fishing conservation movement that is set to transform the future of recreational fishing in Australia by asking every angler to fish differently. This is a bold move, but it’s clear that anglers are becoming or aspiring to become environmental stewards of their sport and genuinely want to help protect and restore fish habitat; a critical component of securing the future of recreational fishing in Australia. And Ozfish Unlimited plan to help them do it. OzFish Unlimited’s mission is to invest time and money towards grassroots rehabilitation and regeneration activities, giving anglers and communities more control over the health of their rivers, lakes and estuaries by counteracting decades of degradation. Why is ozfish unique? *We are the first movement of this kind that will help guide Australia’s recreational fishing community in becoming environmental guardians by understanding fish habitat as a critical part of their sport’s future. *We are a not-for-profit organisation, created by a group of individuals who are passionate about protecting the future of recreational fishing and building a legacy of healthy waterways for future generations. *We have Australia’s highest profile anglers…the juggernauts of the industry backing our call to action to see a dedicated fishing conservation movement sweep across the country. Why is Ozfish's work so important? · Our once-healthy waterways have been sorely impacted over the decades by human intervention and further loss of this precious resource will place the future of recreational fishing at risk. · In the MurrayDarlingBasin there are 10000 barriers to fish passage. · In Northern NSW over 70% of fish habitat has been lost. (over 62,000ha) · In South Australia we have lost over 1500km of oyster reef. · In Western Australia we have lost thousands of hectares of seagrass – up to 80% in many places. · In Queensland our reef is suffering from poor water quality from its catchments. · In Victoria seagrass loss, poor water quality and barriers have all impacted on fish numbers. Partnerships Habitat projects are already underway across Australia and we have secured the support of industry and government agencies. For instance, the Fisheries and Research and Development Corporation has provided a major grant for OzFish Unlimited to hold “Fishers for Fish Habitat” seminars across the country. Partnerships include: The Nature Conservancy The Reef and Rainforest Centre Qld Recfish WA Recfish SA SEQ Catchments For more information please visit the Ozfish Unlimited website and Facebook page