Fraser Island waters set to reopen to fishers
Fraser Island will re-open to fin fishing from midday this Sunday 30 September, with the end of the island's annual fishing closure.
Tropical rock lobster closed season
Tropical rock lobster will be off limits to fishers in Queensland’s northern rock lobster waters from the start of October.
Media Response - Cid Harbour update
Another large Tiger shark was caught on a drumline in Cid Harbour today as well as a smaller black tip shark.
Remember to be a mate these school holidays and check your bait
If you are heading off on a relaxing holiday and intend to do a spot of fishing over the next few weeks then there are a few things you can do to help protect our pristine waterways from exotic diseases.
New agreement makes it easier for TR4 affected farms
Banana growers farming with Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) and who sell fruit to New South Wales are benefitting from a new interstate fruit certification agreement.
Pilfering pro crabber pinched
A Cleveland Magistrate has fined a commercial fisher more than $5,000 for interfering with another licensed crabber’s pots in southern Moreton Bay.
Fish attractors to reely help anglers
Stories of the ‘one that got away’ might become a thing of the past for Toowoomba anglers thanks to an Australian first program to install fish attractors in Cressbrook Dam.
Fisher fined for $1500 for protected waters catch
Taking 106 sea cucumber from protected waters has seen a recreational fisher fined $1500 in the Caboolture Magistrates Court.
Charter Fishing Action Plan? What Charter Fishing Action Plan?
The Palaszczuk Government has today released a plan to grow regional tourism and jobs by developing a world-class charter fishing sector.
Rebuilding snapper stock a priority for new fishery working group
Queensland’s new Rocky Reef Fishery Working Group will be asked to identify options to rebuild the snapper stock, which continues to be considered overfished.
Australian bass is back for another season
Recreational fishers will be hitting the water this weekend as the annual closed season for Australian bass comes to an end.
Invasive vine spotted in Mission Beach jungle.
Cassowary Coast residents are being urged to check their properties for Mikania Vine after a new patch of the invasive weed was spotted recently at Mission Beach.
Bird barf busts bad bees
Regurgitated food from Townsville’s Rainbow Bee-eaters is helping Biosecurity Queensland eradicate varroa mite, a pest that threatens the Australian bee industry.
New boat bolsters Redlands fisheries compliance
A new vessel for Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) in the Redlands will assist fisheries officers to detect netting and crabbing offences in the district.
Queensland fisheries officers bust interstate mangrove poacher
A New South Wales man who took almost 200 protected marine plants from a declared Queensland fish habitat area for commercial purposes has been fined $12,000 in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court.
Countdown to annual fishing closure on Fraser Island
Countdown to annual fishing closure on Fraser Island
Fire ant program activities underway at the Gold Coast
Biosecurity Queensland is conducting surveillance and community engagement activities in northern Gold Coast suburbs after recent detections of fire ants.
More flexibility for cattle moving to the tick free zone
Cattle processors and producers now have more flexibility in moving stock from the cattle tick infested zone to abattoirs in the cattle tick free zone.
Powerlink pitching in to help manage Panama disease
Queensland’s electricity transmission provider Powerlink is helping protect Queensland’s banana industry from Panama disease by making a wash-down facility available to biosecurity field crews.
$12,000 fine to deter fisheries black marketing
A Clontarf recreational fisher who sold crabs unlawfully has been convicted and fined $12,000 in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court.
Electric ant shock at Kuranda
Thanks to the sharp eyes and enthusiasm of local residents, Biosecurity Queensland has identified new infestations of electric ants in the Cairns area, three of which are at Kuranda.
Invasive vine makes unwelcome return to Hinchinbrook Shire
Hinchinbrook Shire residents are being urged to check their properties for Mikania Vine after a large patch of the invasive weed was spotted recently at Lannercost.
Sharing knowledge to protect the Reef
Queensland government staff have held a joint workshop with marine scientists in Townsville to share knowledge and techniques for reducing nutrient and pesticide runoff into North Queensland waterways.
Financial counselling for drought affected communities continues
Support for drought-affected communities in southern and south-west Queensland will continue with the Palaszczuk Government funding an additional two temporary positions under the Rural Financial Counselling Service.
Action stations for Queensland agriculture
Queensland’s multi-billion dollar agriculture and food sector now has a new 10-year research, development and extension (RD&E) action plan to move forward and meet the challenges of the future.
Queensland Veterinary Surgeons Board gets new blood
A varied group of animal lovers have been appointed as new members of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland.
Research unlocks potential of pasture legumes
Research trials have highlighted the exciting potential of pasture legumes to assist graziers increase the productivity of their grass pastures.
Weed warriors wanted
Biosecurity Queensland is urging North Queenslanders to become weed warriors and help eradicate Limnocharis, an exotic and invasive aquatic weed, from ponds and waterways.
Drought resilience program showcased at seminar
A new program to significantly improve the accuracy, understanding and use of climate forecasts in northern Australia will be showcased during a seminar next week at Beef Australia 2018 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Genetics research breeding better breeders
A five-year research project is giving Queensland graziers up-to-date genetics information to help boost reproduction rates in their herds.
Fishing goes high-tech with submissions sought for new apps
Queensland’s fishing sector is about to go to new technological heights, with developers invited to create two software applications.
Weighing technology has WOW factor for graziers
The Queensland Government is upscaling a trial of new technology to improve livestock management by remotely weighing cattle.
Vet students learn about beef business
Veterinary students from James Cook University will gain first-hand experience in beef production as part of the Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) program.
New funding expands leading Queensland dairy farming research
Queensland’s innovative C4 milk research project will enter the next phase of trials with Dairy Australia providing $2.1 million to extend the program for another five years.
Graziers embrace online program
More than 2000 grazing businesses managing more than 28 million hectares of land across the state, have taken advantage of an industry-led initiative to help improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of their grazing enterprise.
Drone technology plants the seed for stopping weed invasion
Artificial intelligence, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and high-resolution cameras have been successfully used to automatically detect and map an aggressive weed, in an effort to stop it spreading through Queensland’s coastal dunes.
Beef industry taps into online information
The digital revolution is helping Queensland’s $5.4 billion beef industry gain unprecedented access to information about all aspects of beef production.
Fire ant treatment and surveillance activities extend over weekends
Fire ant treatment and surveillance in selected areas will continue over coming weekends to ensure this round of baiting and monitoring is finished before winter.
Safeguarding our livestock at Beef2018
Biosecurity Queensland has partnered with the organisers of Beef Australia 2018 to make sure no unwanted pests make it into this year's event.
Closing the gap on pesticide run off in sugarcane
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), together with industry partners, is developing ways of reducing runoff of imidacloprid, a key pesticide used to control grubs in the sugarcane industry, and also dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN).
Fisheries officers prepare for big Easter weekend on the water
The Easter long weekend is the busiest on Queensland’s waterways, prompting a reminder to all fishers to check the rules and fish responsibly.
Airborne weed killer helps farmers and the Reef
In what is a first for the Queensland cane industry, the Queensland Government is using drones to scan sugarcane crops and eliminate weeds with a precisely targeted shot of herbicide.
Funding for new research into Gulf mud and blue swimmer crabs
Queensland and Northern Territory scientists will investigate the role of environmental factors on fluctuating crab numbers in the Gulf of Carpentaria in a new $161,000 research project funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.
Independent review supports Queensland’s approach to Panama disease
An independent expert has backed the actions taken by Biosecurity Queensland to manage Panama disease in Far North Queensland.
Shark nets being removed due to weather conditions
Shark control nets will be removed from some Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches over the next two days due to forecasts of strong winds and potentially dangerous sea conditions.
Queenslanders urged to look out for invasive ‘hitchhiker’ stink bug
Queensland transport businesses and producers are being asked to look out for a highly invasive, foul-smelling pest insect that likes to hide and ride in freight vehicles and cargo containers.
Sheep producers invited to forum and dinner
A forum and dinner at Longreach in March will ask the question: are we riding on the sheep’s back again?
Prepare your flock ready for autumn joining
Queensland’s sheep and wool producers are being urged to prepare their flocks for autumn joining.
Bundaberg fishers fined $7,180 for illegal crabs stashed in boat
The successful court prosecution of two Bundaberg fishers for crabbing offences is a timely reminder to local anglers to comply with Queensland’s fishing rules and regulations.
Commercial fisher fined $12,000
A North Queensland commercial fisher has been fined $12,000 after being found guilty of four complaints comprising 19 charges under the Fisheries Act 1994.