Departmental media releases
Departmental media releases
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.
Get rid of parasites like a boss
- Cattle producers have a new online resource with the latest information on control of ticks, buffalo fly, worms and lice
- With parasites costing the cattle industry more than $350 million a year, www.paraboss.com.au has the latest information on parasite control.
Look out for limnocharis
- North Queensland is under threat from an exotic weed called limnocharis.
- It’s an invader that chokes waterways causing serious environmental and agricultural problems.
- We need everybody to be on the lookout and report anything suspicious.
QBFP launches new patrol boat and celebrates 40-year career
In a twin celebration, Queensland’s Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) has launched a new patrol boat, and honoured a veteran officer’s long and distinguished career with the service.
Commercial fishers working on beaches this mullet season
- Beach goers need to stay clear of commercial fishing boats currently launching and netting close to the shoreline.
- Every year, we receive calls about the size and location of nets close to the shoreline.
- Commercial fishing for mullet is permitted in tidal waters within 400 metres of land.
Rough weather forces removal of SEQ shark program equipment
Shark control program equipment has been removed from South East Queensland beaches due to forecast rough weather.
Cane burn to short circuit electric ant spread
An overgrown sugar cane field at Smithfield will be burnt soon to help Biosecurity Queensland eradicate electric ants.
Sunny Coast shark nets removed during rough weather
Some Shark Control Program nets are being removed from Sunshine Coast beaches today due to predicted rough weather.
East coast black jewfish season closed after catch limit reached
The commercial catch limit for black jewfish in Queensland’s east coast waters has been reached, putting the species off limit to all fishers until next year.
Flick the tick, help stop ehrlichiosis
Dog owners and veterinarians are being urged to be dog’s best friend by remaining vigilant to stop the spread of the tick-borne disease, ehrlichiosis.
Agriculture network expands
The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) has expanded with the appointment of the network’s seventh officer to Emerald.
Black jewfish season opens
East coast and Gulf of Carpentaria black jewfish fisheries will reopen on 1 January 2020 to commercial and recreational fishers.
Fines for freshwater fishing without a permit: Fisheries blitz continues
A Fisheries Queensland blitz on illegal fishing in stocked freshwater impoundments has netted fines of almost $10,000 and will continue over summer.
Banana growers ask community to ‘get in the zone’ and help protect against Panama TR4 this Christmas
Don’t enter banana farms.
This message is top of the Christmas list for North Queensland banana growers who have come together to ask the community for help with protecting their farms from Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4).
Safety warning as wild weather dislodges Gold Coast shark control drumline
Fisheries Queensland advises that a shark control drumline at Narrowneck Beach on the Gold Coast has been dislodged during rough weather.
'Citizen scientists' sought to assist new mud crab research project
A new research project to better understand mud crab populations is underway and scientists would like recreational and commercial fishers to participate.
Rough weather forces removal of shark control equipment
Some Shark Control Program nets are being removed from South East Queensland beaches due to predicted rough weather.
On-the-spot fines for mangrove destruction on Southern Moreton Bay island
Two Russell Island residents who were caught illegally cutting up and burning protected marine plants have been fined $2,668.
Have you filled in your horse movement form?
- Horse owners need to complete a movement record before moving a horse in Queensland.
- A movement record can be written or electronic and must be completed every time a horse moves from one property to another.
- Horse owners need to include details of the horses being moved, where to and when.
- These records allow us to trace horse movements in the event of an emergency animal disease.