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  • New Qld fishing regulations come into effect from 1st September 2019.

    Queensland’s new fisheries regulations commenced on 1 September 2019.

    Some of the changes affecting recreational fishers include:

    • a new annual seasonal closure for snapper and pearl perch from 15 July to 15 August
    • increasing the size limit of pearl perch from 35cm to 38cm
    • removing extended charter catch limits for snapper and pearl perch
    • new boat limits for mud crab, prawns, snapper, black jewfish, barramundi, Spanish mackerel, shark, tropical rock lobster and sea cucumber, which hold the operator of the boat responsible for ensuring no more than 2 times the possession limit of these 9 priority black-market species is on board at any time (the boat limit does not apply to charter boats)
    • general possession limit of 20 fish for species without a prescribed possession limit, excluding some bait species
    • reducing the mud crab possession limit from 10 to 7
    • reducing pipi and mollusc limits from 50 to 30

    A more complete list of the changes is detailed in the fact sheet available from the DAF website on Fisheries reform.


  • UWH is in Recess Until September 2019

    The Bundaberg underwater hockey season has now finished as the Norville Park pool prepares to close for winter. Hockey will resume again at the Norville Pool when it re-opens in September. Playing times will be posted closer to the date.


  • Submission Period for GSMP Discussion Paper has Closed

    The submission period for responding to the recent discussion paper regarding the rezoning of the Great Sandy Marine park has closed.  It is anticipated that a draft plan will be released sometime around August 2019 when the public will get one more chance to make submissions before the zoning plan is finalised and sent to the minister for approval.


  • Qld Government has released a Directions Paper on Fisheries Reforms

    The Queensland Government has released the “Directions Paper of fisheries reforms” to ensure all fishers and the broader community are aware of the Government’s direction on how best to manage the priority fisheries and the next steps.
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  • GSMP Zoning Plan Discussion Paper is due for release on 14 January 2019

    The Great Sandy Marine Park extends from Baffle Creek to Double Island Point and includes all of the Bundaberg coastline and Hervey Bay.

    The discussion paper for the review of the zoning plan for the Great Sandy Marine Park is due to be released for public consultation on the 14th January 2019.

    The public consultation period will be open from 14 January 2019 to 25 February 2019.
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