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      Found 534 results

      1. Man how good would it be to have Jungle Perch back in the rivers. This is a great report on a fantastic fish. https://www.scfaustralia.com/blog/2019/4/16/seq-jungle-perch-uncut?fbclid=IwAR0TQSxTxhW5VOaziQQSjq3MCzHBa2EYf8bgdt3lwu-7ue-kPkZloTKUBEg
      2. Hey Gang, We are getting a fair bit of pushback from Marine Parks with the Shellfish Reef Restoration Project. I am wanting to create a petition that shows community support for this project and I need a bit of help. How do you write a petition? What I was thinking was; I support the restoration of Shellfish Reefs in Moreton Bay and want an allowable Scope of work... bla bla bla... Sorry I don't know how to write it. Any ideas?
      3. This is pretty crazy. Shame about the American commentary. haha
      4. I took this photo today. It is a bit hard to see perspective but it shows a large old oyster (lots of layered growth) and a very young oyster. The old oyster could be as old as 13 years and the young one as little as 2 months. Just thought I would share.
      5. Might interest anyone that likes local history MSB History of the Dredging of the Brisbane Rive.pdf
      6. I have listened to a heap of speakers about climate change and emissions. I have come to the conclusion that none of these experts know what they are talking about. So how the hell are we supposed to work it out. Their answers are so far apart, it makes you wonder what sort of a world we live in. These so called experts stand in front of the camera and dribble absolute rubbish with a straight face, Then the next bloke gets in front of the camera and dribbles rubbish the other way. Think about it, if they were experts they would be on the same page or close to it. Dino
      7. https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/monitoring-compliance/monitoring-reporting/recreational-fishing/statewide-recreational-fishing-surveys Do they just ring you up or text you randomly?
      8. I was in a meeting yesterday about the oyster reef project and they mentioned that they are building the Palm Beach reef. It is very close to the existing Palm Beach Reef so wanted to post it up. I did a very quick google and found this. I am sure there are better articles out there. https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2018/08/29/palm-beach-reef-given-green-light
      9. Check out the Status of Australian Fish Stocks Reports The 2018 Report assessed 120 species made up of 406 stocks across fin fish, crustaceans, molluscs, sharks and rays. Overall, almost 80 per cent of the 406 stocks were able to be assessed and of those almost 85 per cent were sustainable or recovering. Click the link for the full report. http://www.fish.gov.au/ReportStock?kw=&page=1&sort=LatestFirst Of interest in Qld - Snapper and Pearl Perch are 'Depleted' in Queensland waters, as are Grey Morwong. King Threadfin (in the Gulf of Carpentaria) are depleting.
      10. $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 www.ozfishmoretonbay.org endeavours in restoring oyster reefs to Moreton Bay. Just leave a message below or send me a PM to arrange a ticket.
      11. I just enjoyed watching this. Not important.
      12. Hey Dropbear check your messages mate I sent you some information on this MSB
      13. so... This was in the shop today... was about 24cm long... Is that ok? It was very sad to see i must say.
      14. 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
      15. 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. https://ozfish.org.au/membership/ 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
      16. 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 http://www.noosaparks.org.au/uploads/Noosa River and Lake System/BBTF Newsletter April 2017 USC.pdf https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/bid-to-bring-back-oysters-reefs-as-council-and-res/3176763/ and @christophagus discovered that they have just done one in the Pumistone passage. https://au.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/38259929/artificial-reef-made-of-potatoes-introduced/ 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 https://www.booktopia.com.au/environmental-history-and-ecology-of-moreton-bay-daryl-mcphee/prod9781486307210.html?source=pla&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIq6SvxPyG2AIV2QorCh10UgYqEAYYASABEgKUq_D_BwE @Sparksie has found where we can get funding for this https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/community-safety/grants-awards/environment-sustainability/environmental-grants 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. https://www.shellfishrestoration.org.au/ 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!
      17. 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. http://www.noosaparks.org.au/uploads/Noosa River and Lake System/BBTF Newsletter April 2017 USC.pdf https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/bid-to-bring-back-oysters-reefs-as-council-and-res/3176763/ I might look at council and see if they would give me a grant!
      18. On Thursday we were met by a fisheries person that was taking a survey of all the fish we had caught. She was interested in the snapper and mackerel that we kept as well as any undersized fish we said we released (grassies and snapper). I found it interesting and glad that we are monitoring this. I then spoke to a mate that actually does these surveys. He says he cops heaps of abuse from boaties thinking that he is a fisheries officer and only there to bust people who are doing the wrong thing. These survey people do not have any power to enforce fines etc. So I thought it would be good to just let people know about this and let them know that they are simply there to survey. So if you are met at the boat ramp by a person in grey polo shirt and clipboard you know what they are doing. Also here is a link to some sand crab monitoring that is going on... not sure why the QLD fihseries call them Blue Swimmers!? I've never hear of blue simmers????? https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/fisheries/monitoring-our-fisheries/commercial-fisheries/species-specific-programs/blue-swimmer-crab QUEENSLANDER!
      19. 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 http://nswhunt.dbmweb.com.au/
      20. 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.
      21. I was unaware of this practise. link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-09-08/animal-activists-call-for-prawn-boycott-against-cruel-practices/8886626?WT.ac=localnews_brisbane 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.
      22. Taken from FW email newsletter 27 July 2017 NEW research has gone beneath the surface of the MoretonBayMarinePark...and the results have cast doubt on the effectiveness of estuarine no-take zones in protecting stocks of popular fish species. The University of the SunshineCoast team who conducted the research was led by Research Fellow in Coastal and Marine Ecology Dr Ben Gilby. “Our team compared the number and diversity of fish in six estuarine ‘no-take’ areas with that of 16 other estuaries where fishing is permitted,” Dr Gilby said. “We found that the ‘no-take’ areas were falling well short of protecting fish that consumers like to catch and eat, such as bream, whiting and mullet. “Paradoxically, fish targeted by anglers were more abundant outside the six protected reserves, in the estuaries where fishing was allowed. “The only fish consistently found in greater numbers inside the ‘no-take’ reserves were species that people did not consume, such as toadfish and catfish.” image: http://yaffa-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/yaffadsp/images/dmImage/SourceImage/Ben_Gilby_headshot.jpg The USC research was led by Dr Ben Gilby. The six dedicated estuarine reserves were at Pumicestone Passage (BribieIsland, Tripcony Bight), Redcliffe, Nundah, Pimpama and Coomera. Dr Gilby, a fish ecology expert who lectures in Animal Ecology at USC’s campus on the SunshineCoast, said the study’s results initially puzzled the USC marine research team. “To find answers to this paradox about fish numbers in declared reserves, we examined the habitat features of the protected areas and found two major shortcomings – they were too shallow and they were poorly connected to the main channel or sea. “The reserves appeared to have been chosen mainly to protect mangrove habitat, but they unfortunately lacked sufficient water depth and had large areas drying out at low tide.” He led the study with USC colleagues Animal Ecology Lecturer Dr Andrew Olds and Professor of Marine Science Thomas Schlacher, USC PhD student Nicholas Yabsley, HealthyLand and Water’s principal scientist Dr Paul Maxwell and GriffithUniversity’s Professor Rod Connolly. Their paper, ‘Enhancing the performance of marine reserves in estuaries: Just add water,’ was published recently in the journal Biological Conservation. Dr Gilby said the joint study broke new ground in identifying the environmental factors contributing to fish biodiversity in estuaries. “It’s sure to be of great interest to anyone who wants more fish in the sea – whether that’s conservationists or recreational or commercial fishers,” he said. “Our results indicate that the effectiveness of reserves can be improved by conserving deeper estuaries which have a diversity of habitats, better water flow and stronger links to the sea.” The research received funding from the Brisbane-based non-profit organisation HealthyLand and Water and the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation. “We’re also about to start a similar project investigating the distribution of fish species in estuaries between HerveyBay and the Livingstone Shire (near Rockhampton), including the GreatSandyMarinePark.”
      23. 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. https://parksaustralia.gov.au/marine/management/draft-plans/
      24. 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 (https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/fisheries/consultations-and-legislation/fisheries-working-groups-expressions-of-interest) 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: fisheriesreview@daf.qld.gov.au. 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 www.daf.qld.gov.au. Please contact the Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23 if you have any queries.
      25. 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 http://unsw.to/sharksurvey. 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.