Catch news

The latest news on recreational and commercial fishing, and aquaculture in Queensland.

January 2023

  • Cash lure on the line with Fish ‘n’ SIPS
  • New year, more fish at stocked impoundments 
  • Flathead stock healthy thanks to nation-leading management practices

December 2022

  • New year brings great news for black jewfish anglers
  • Stock impoundment permits available for Christmas
  • SharkSmart map launched for holidays

November 2022

  • Community fishing grants applications open
  • Reeling in women to recreational fishing
  • Australian Society for Fish Biology conference Dutton Park tour

October 2022

  • Spanish mackerel management changes
  • Do you know the biosecurity rules in your area?
  • Restrictions reminder for opera house traps

September 2022

  • Identifying black jewfish
  • Australian bass season opens
  • Bundaberg all-water FADs buzzing with fish

August 2022

  • Celebrating Science Week

  • Snapper and pearl perch season is now open

  • Fishery Monitoring wrap up tailor survey on K’gari

July 2022

  • Commercial fisher fined $25,000
  • Snapper and pearl perch closure
  • Spanish mackerel final round of consultation

May 2022

  • Spotlight of coral trout
  • Anglers provide fish for research
  • Women in Seafood Australasia bursary

April 2022

  • Spanish mackerel consultation begins
  • Commercial fisher fined $15,000
  • QBFP drone surveillance

March 2022

  • Fisher fined $5,000
  • Improving fishing at Cressbrook Dam
  • New Morten Bay shellfish signage

February 2022

  • 100m net seized by officers
  • Good news for Qld oyster industry
  • $7,500 fine for excess Spanish mackerel

January 2022

  • Neo and Alve breathe easy in new home
  • Teaming up with Girringun Rangers
  • Vest up this summer

December 2021

  • Plate up Queensland seafood this Christmas
  • Moreton Bay mollusc breach
  • QBFP strengthens community connections

November 2021

  • FAD-tastic news for Bundaberg 
  • School students get SharkSmart at Sea World
  • Pedal power for QBFP on the Gold Coast

October 2021

  • Coral reef fin fish closure
  • Super successful survey season
  • Don’t let that mussel in

September 2021

  • Catch alert drumline trial
  • 2021 coral reef fin fish closure dates 
  • Big fine for illegal mangrove clearing

August 2021

  • Shark research and trials continue to boost water user safety
  • Cast an application to hook some grant dollars!
  • Recreational fishing supports thousands of jobs across Queensland 

July 2021

  • Snapper and pearl perch closed season
  • Unlawful net in Bundaberg
  • Switch Your Fish starts on the Sunshine Coast

June 2021

  • SharkSmart drones to keep watch in the North Queensland sky
  • Mud crabs are on the move
  • Don't touch the mangroves

June 2021

  • Join the Women in Recreational Fishing Network Qld group
  • Funding for commercial, charter and recreational fishing
  • Australian bass closure

May 2021

  • A high five for high compliance
  • Switch Your Fish starts on the Sunshine Coast
  • Dispose of fish frames safely

April 2021

  • Fisher fined and suspended for crab offences
  • Spot-on monitoring conditions
  • Freshwater fisheries working group: expressions of interest

March 2021

  • Black jewfish East Coast fishery is CLOSED
  • Keen to catch and release barra this season?
  • We've upgraded our recreational fishing app, have you?

February 2021

  • Barra season is open!
  • Let's talk about boat limits
  • Search warrant executed in Mackay

January 2021

  • Illegal crab fisher faces crushing penalties
  • We've updated our app
  • Hook a fishing promo pack

December 2020

  • Black jewfish fishing season opens 1 January
  • Don't risk a fine, buy a SIPS permit before you drop a line
  • Whitsundays charter boats do their part to be SharkSmart

November 2020

  • New recreational fishing app 'Qld Fishing 2.0' is out now!
  • A successful sampling season ends
  • The latest stock assessment of redthroat emperor is out

October 2020

  • New FADs in FNQ
  • Tailor surveys wrapped up
  • A moo-ving story

September 2020

In this issue:

  • Second round of reforms announced
  • Draft harvest strategies

September 2020

In this issue:

  • Do your part. Be SharkSmart campaign
  • FADs installed in Far North Queensland
  • Podcast: Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme

August 2020

In this issue:

  • Fraser Island fin fish closure
  • Catch of the day: recreational fishing grants
  • Treating barotrauma

July 2020

In this issue:

  • Snapper and pearl perch closed season coming up
  • Ocean beach fishing season has started
  • Research project now underway

June 2020

In this issue:

  • Updated info for fishers
  • World Fish Migration Day 24 October 2020
  • An insight into fish ageing

May 2020

In this issue:

  • SIPS dams reopen
  • Be COVIDSafe
  • Latest health advice, current status and contact tracing alerts

April 2020

In this issue:

  • Updated info for fishers
  • Enjoy Queensland-caught seafood
  • A fun fact about monitoring

March 2020

In this issue:

  • Black jewfish now a no-take species
  • COVID-19 industry support
  • New FADs deployed