FISHERIES FOCUS ON GLADSTONE WATERS DURING CLEAN UP

FISHERIES FOCUS ON GLADSTONE WATERS DURING CLEAN UP

Fisheries Queensland is focusing on Gladstone waters as it continues to roll out its program of crab pot clean-ups.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said over two days, officers from Gladstone and Yeppoon targeted the South Trees Inlet and Calliope River and had seized almost 70 abandoned or non-compliant pots as well as an unattended fishing net, as the equipment was no longer of commercial value it has been destroyed.

Mr Furner said derelict equipment was bad for fish stocks because it could continue “ghost fishing”, trapping target and non-target species but never being checked or removed. “Doing this work reduces the pressure on our fish and crab stocks, leaving more for both commercial and recreational fishers and protecting jobs in both sectors,” Mr Furner said. “This contributes to building a legacy of a sustainable fishery for our children and grandchildren.”

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said it was every fisher’s responsibly to make sure their gear was compliant with the rules. Mr Butcher has urged fishers to remove their crab pots form the water when they leave a fishing site. “It is important to mark crab pots with the owner’s surname and address,” Mr Butcher added. “These resources belong to all Queenslanders and we need to make sure they are protected for future generations of commercial and recreational fishers.”

You can report derelict fishing gear or illegal activity to Fishwatch on 1800 017 116 (toll free within Queensland).