A Brisbane man has been convicted and fined $26,850 for multiple fisheries and marine offences.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Brett Depper said the matter was heard in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 8 May, where the recreational fisher was fined for three separate complaints that occurred between March and April 2012.
Recreational fishers are being encouraged to responsibly dispose of unwanted fishing gear to protect seabirds from serious injury.
Fisheries biologist with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Matthew Campbell is leading a research and extension project that is trialling fishing line recovery bins at popular jetties and boat ramps across northern Moreton Bay.
The Federal Government has proposed a plan to remove an extra public holiday from being added when Christmas, Boxing or New Year’s days fall on a weekend. The plan would cap the number of public holidays on the Queensland calendar to 11 and would save businesses about $300 million each time it occurred. This would, however, mean that hospitality and retail workers would be paid normal rates when rostered for Christmas, Boxing or New Year’s days should they fall on a weekend.