Effect 1 September 2019 Queensland Fisheries introduced changes to bag limits and take that will effect charter and recreational fishers alike. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the changes.
For our fleet specifically please note the implementation of a 20 per person bag limit to species that previously had no in possession limit which now applies to our popular bait scad (double lined scad).
Effective July 1, 2018 the new Coral Sea Management Plan becomes effective. Members be aware that approval is required to fish all areas of the Coral Sea (subject to zoning) and that new zonings affect many areas of particular interest to our fleet including Osprey Reef.
As this is a period of transition, members will be updated as systems are confirmed for fishing approvals.
Seasonal Closure (Offshore Ribbon Reefs)
The Ribbon Reefs and its adjacent areas are unique natural resource as well as important areas of reef support diverse species, including marlin.
In the 2000’s the Cairns Professional Association was integral in the fight to retain access to this fishery during the period of September to December for the giant black marlin season. Outside of these dates, access and fishing is restricted.
Transition to a national system for domestic commercial vessel safety
From 1 July 2018, most services for domestic commercial vessels and crew will be delivered directly by AMSA instead of Maritime Safety Queensland.
Areas of particular interest to our members which will be monitored over the transition include: 1. Survey requirements for DCVs. 2. Safety Management Systems. 3. Licensing and crew manning requirements.
The Government’s proposed levy model and is not yet law. For the levy to commence it must be set out in legislation and passed by the Australian Parliament. Legislation is expected to be introduced in 2018.
Safety Management Systems are required for all charter vessels. More information at AMSA online.
Vessel tracking will be introduced onto all commercial fishing boats by the end of 2020, with a priority to install units on net, line and crab commercial fishing vessels by 2018. Download the draft Vessel tracking policy and Vessel tracking guidelines from the DAF website.
Recreational Diving, Recreational Technical Diving and Snorkelling Code of Practice 2018