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Departmental media releases

  • First seasonal workers for St George

    In a first for remote regional areas of Queensland, on-farm quarantine arrangements at St George have been approved for 34 seasonal workers from Tonga.


  • Scientific review informs industry of a way forward in the management of Panama TR4

    An independently commissioned review into Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) in Far North Queensland has provided a list of research priorities to help guide industry to manage the disease in the long term.


  • New management arrangements for Queensland saucer scallop fishery
    • Queensland’s trawl fishers will no longer be able to retain saucer scallops when fishing in waters in the central and southern part of the coast.
    • This is because of ongoing decline in stocks.
    • The 2021 stock assessment for saucer scallops in Queensland estimates a spawning biomass of 12 per cent of the unfished biomass in 2020 - a decrease from the 2019 estimate of 17 per cent.
    • If we don’t take strong action now, there will be no scallop fishery into the future.


  • Fisheries reforms coming into effect

    A range of reforms to Queensland fisheries will soon take effect, which will clarify commercial fishing rules and reporting requirements for fishers while making the fisheries and the industry more sustainable.


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