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Links to regulations and contact details on the regulations.

Post  liquidg on 13th December 2013, 11:34 pm

Regulations for out side Queensland marine parks.
To be fully informed of the rules consult the legislation, in particular including but not limited to the
fisheries regulation 2008 (qld).
on page 460 you can find a detailed table with all necessary information about regulated species.
on page 522 you will find the lists of particular species included in a category ie the list of particular wrasse that are restricted by size

Unless the fish or inverts have a legal size on that species, there are no limits on numbers or size for collection.
Check fisheries protected species as well; the net regulations on their site are for all saltwater and brackish areas, in other words everywhere in Q!
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Regulations for inside Queensland marine parks.

In all areas other than green zones, the collection of five creatures with no more then two of each type other than corals are allowed per 28 days per person or ten over all per boat.
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NSW collecting regulations are answered at NSW fisheries Nelsons bay.

You apply to them for an aquarium collecting permit which allows more or less any forms of hand nets and the use of scuba for collecting as well.
The permit was $100 dollars in 2010 and the fishing liscense was 30 something dollars and you can get it from a bait and tackle or boat rental shops in NSW.
To collect you need both and i think the limit is 25 things per day and two crays with no holes in them,check with them on all aspects of this.
Here is the permit application and more, plus the signs are at the waters edges that use to say many things including any hand net used I any way with mesh smaller then 20 mill stretched hole collecting via free diving or scuba is aquarium collecting!
Just look through the permit application to fill out, it says it all really.
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And you fill this out.
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Gear to use.
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Algae collection laws from DPI.

As discussed on the telephone the collection of algae for private use in aquaria is permitted under the Self Assessable Code MP06 (attached).   The code can also be found at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
As you can see under Section 6.10 Table 1 Item 1.3 only hand removal is permitted and notification and signage are not required for this activity.
Collection is not permitted in declared Fish Habitat Areas.   Declared Fish Habitat Area maps can be found at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email or on the telephone number listed below.
Fisheries Queensland
a Service of the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
Southern Fisheries Centre
13 Beach Rd, Deception Bay Qld 4508
PO Box 76, Deception Bay Qld 4508
Telephone 07 3817 9533

Coral collection in Queensland.

For private aquarium use the collection of corals in Queensland is permitted out side marine parks.
you are permitted to collect coral recreationally outside of any designated state or commonwealth marine park area (including Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; Great Sandy Marine Park and Moreton Bay Marine Park). A recreational fisher cannot use underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA or hookah).
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Collecting Mangroves for your Aquarium

First you need to know the regulations and legislation regarding the collecting of mangrove plants in your area. The regulations and legislation on collecting marine plants may be different in each state in Australia, so please find out more from the fisheries department in your state before you carry out any collecting.  

For example, here in Queensland, all marine plants (including mangroves, saltmarsh vegetation, seagrasses, marine algae, dead marine wood) are protected under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994. Section 123 of the Fisheries Act 1994 applies to all marine plants and penalties apply to unlawful removal, destruction or damage.
"Section 123 Protection of marine plants
A person must not unlawfully—
(a) remove, destroy or damage a marine plant; or
(b) cause a marine plant to be removed, destroyed or damaged.
Maximum penalty — 3000 penalty units."


However, certain permitted collection activities can be authorised through compliance with self assessable codes which apply to operational work that is for the removal, destruction or damage of marine plants if the removal, destruction or damage is necessary for minor impact works as defined in the code.

Limited collection of marine plants is permitted under [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], specifically for:

Table 1 Code standards (maximum allowable disturbance and method of disturbance) for minor impact works for private purposes

Table 1 Work type 1.3 (page 10) of the Code – Removal and/or possession of algae for private use in aquaria

Table 1 Work type 1.6 (page 10) of the Code – Removal and use of mangrove seeds and propagules for private use for mangrove rehabilitation within or immediately adjacent to the developers property (owned or leased)

Table 2 Maximum allowable disturbance and method of disturbance for minor impact works for public purposes

Table 2 Work type 2.11 (page 17) Fish habitat rehabilitation or restoration works (including not-for-profit marine plant nursery establishment)

Alternatively, you may choose to purchase your mangrove seedlings instead. Once again, there are specific regulations and legislation for the sale of mangrove plants. In Queensland, legislation pertaining to buying and selling fisheries resources (including marine plants) is found in the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].

Specifically Section 632 outlines arrangements and exceptions are listed under subsection 632 (2):
Section 632 Selling Queensland fisheries resources before second point of sale
(1)A person (a seller) may sell fisheries resources taken from Queensland waters only if the seller—
(a)holds an authority that authorises the sale; and
(b)gives the person buying the fisheries resources the number of the authority.
(2)However, subsection (1) does not apply if—
(a)the sale is authorised under chapter 7 or a management plan; or
(b)the seller cultivated the fisheries resources in a way that was authorised under the Planning Act; or
(c)the seller sells the fisheries resources after the resources have been sold by another person under subsection (1); or
(d)the seller sells the fisheries resources after the resources have been bought from another person who cultivated the fisheries resources in a way that was authorised under the Planning Act.

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