Please select your home edition
Edition
Pantaenius FBW Asset 728x90

Ignorance could net you a fine – know the rules

by Queensland Fisheries on 13 Aug 2013
Tweed River ..
Fishers are being warned to brush up on both Queensland and New South Wales fishing rules to ensure they comply when fishing in cross-border waterways.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) officer Coby Walker said he had noted an increase in the number of people being caught disregarding fishing rules on both sides of the border.

'The centreline of the Dumaresq, Macintyre and Barwon rivers (also known as the Border Rivers) forms the border between Queensland and New South Wales,' he said.

'Fishing rules often differ across borders, so people fishing the Border Rivers region need to know the rules that apply in each state.

'Many people don’t realise that although they set up camp on one side of the river, they must comply with the rules according to the state in which they are fishing.'

Mr Walker said fishers should pay particular attention to the rules for using bait in each state following a number of people being caught using illegal baits.

'Some fishers have been caught using live carp and goldfish as bait,' he said.

'Carp are declared noxious in Queensland, making it illegal to possess the fish either alive, dead or in parts (e.g. fillets).

'Goldfish are classed as non-indigenous so cannot be put into Queensland waterways alive or dead. It is not illegal, however, to catch and keep them for consumption.

'In Queensland, using noxious, non-indigenous and even some native fish as bait is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of $220,000.

'In New South Wales, some of these fish may be used as bait, however the use of live fish as bait is illegal. It pays to check the rules in each state and ensure you are fishing legally and responsibly.'

Mr Walker said QBFP often conducted joint operations with NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) to catch fishers disregarding fishing rules on both sides of the border.

'Queensland and New South Wales officers regularly work together throughout the border regions to ensure effective monitoring of the area, with officers authorised under both State’s legislation,' he said.

'Authorities on both sides of the river rely on the support of the public to help protect our fishing resources for future generations.

'Suspected illegal fishing activities should be reported to the Fishwatch Hotline on 1800 017 116 in Queensland, and the Fisher’s Watch Phone Line on 1800 043 536 in New South Wales.'

For more information visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or www.fishereis.nsw.gov.au.

Follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook and Twitter (@FisheriesQld).
Protector - 660 x 82Hella Marine - July 2016Insun - AC Program

Related Articles

Abandoned and derelict vessels in Florida and the Caribbean
Abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs) are a marine debris problem in many places around the United States In this region, which boasts both beautiful weather and waters, a high number of recreational and commercial boaters unfortunately equals a high number of ADVs.
Posted today at 12:50 pm
Boating Industry reader survey reports Ethanol repairs increasing
A new survey by Boating Industry magazine says those in the boating industry are seeing a growing number of problems A new survey by Boating Industry magazine says those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one Minnesota boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”
Posted today at 4:41 am
Wet a line at the Sydney International Boat Show
No matter what research you do, it always points to the fact that more than half of all visitors attending the SIBS No matter what research you do, it always points to the fact that more than half of all visitors attending the Sydney International Boat Show have a primary interest in fishing.
Posted on 20 Jul
Plenty on offer at the Brisbane Boat Show
Only a few weeks away, Brisbane Boat Show looks like being better than ever when it runs this year from 25 to 27 August. Only a few weeks away, Brisbane Boat Show looks like being better than ever when it runs this year from 25 to 27 August.
Posted on 20 Jul
Safety first to build stronger fishing clubs
Sonya Kilkenny MP today presented Mornington Peninsula Fly Fishers club with a new defibrillator and first aid training Sonya Kilkenny MP today presented the Mornington Peninsula Fly Fishers club with a new defibrillator and first aid training as part of the new Defibrillators for Fishing Clubs program.
Posted on 18 Jul
10 rescued as 55-foot custom Sportsfisherman sinks off Charleston
Marine 101 of the Charleston Fire Department and members of the North Charleston Police Department marine unit responded A custom 55-foot, Paul Mann, cold-molded-wood Sportsfisherman sank off Charleston, S.C., on Saturday during the MegaDock fishing tournament. All ten people on board were rescued by a passing boat, before the Coast Guard arrived. The boat, Sportsmann from Kiawah Island, apparently hit something in the water. Charleston marine authorities said the boat had already taken on too much water...
Posted on 16 Jul
Terrapins released on restored Louisiana Barrier Island
The restoration at Chenier Ronquille was part of an effort to restore four barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana. On July 6, NOAA, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and other partners released 21 baby terrapins on Chenier Ronquille barrier island. We restored the island using early restoration funding received after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Posted on 15 Jul
Six-month mission to survey whales and dolphins in Hawaiian Islands
The first half of the expedition will be aboard the NOAA Ship Sette and the second half will be on the NOAA Ship Lasker. Our goals are to estimate numbers of whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters, examine their population structures, and better understand their habitats. The extensive study area spans the main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and covers approximately 1.8 million square nautical miles.
Posted on 15 Jul
Keeping your boat's interior clean
John Greviskis from Ship Shape TV joined Shurhold’s Tiann Berhoff to discuss helpful cleaning tips for boats interior. As everyone knows, space is at a premium inside the boat. That is especially true on long trips. For your next outing, consider these helpful tips for keeping your ride ship shape.
Posted on 15 Jul
Fishing phenomenon Al McGlashan joins Mercury
Al’s audience stretches around the world. He’s producing the TV Series Al McGlashan’s Fish’n with Mates for Channel Nine Fishing phenomenon Al McGlashan is the latest big name angler to join the Mercury Pro team. Like millions of other Australians, Al fishes from the back of his trailer boat. Unlike the rest of us, Al does it for about 180 days a year and has earned a global reputation as an angler, photographer and conservationist.
Posted on 14 Jul