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Great Barrier Reef gold spot Grouper
The Cairns Northern Fisheries Centre will supply tropical marine finfish to the lucrative Asian live fish trade following the successful signing of a long-term investor.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said the agreement followed extensive research on tropical marine finfish, and many months of negotiation with various parties by DAFF.

“As part of the research, we identified opportunities to enter the high-value Asian live fish trade,” Mr McVeigh said.

“I’m pleased to confirm a Licence to Occupy was signed with Macarthur Ventures Pty Ltd on Wednesday 25 September, providing long term surety to the emerging aquaculture industry in North Queensland,’ he said.

Great Barrier Reef Coral Trout Grouper
The Cairns Northern Fisheries Centre will produce tropical marine finfish fingerlings such as gold-spot grouper (Epinephelus coioides) and Queensland giant groper (Epinephelus lanceolatus), with these fingerlings then going to farms to grow-out to market size.

Director of Macarthur Ventures Peter Hay said the agreement would also offer employment opportunities to local staff.

“Given the specialised skills of the staff previously employed at the centre by DAFF, we are hoping to employ the majority of those staff,” Mr Hay said.

“We have also begun negotiations to continue and enhance the partnerships commenced by the department during the research phase to deliver finfish products to market.

“The tropical marine finfish industry and associated activities have many opportunities for growth in Australia and overseas, and I’m excited to be leading the investment in this venture.”

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Queensland game fishing fighting long tom
The latest stock status report from the Queensland Government has rated 31 of the state’s key fish species as sustainable, up from 28 in 2011.


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laughing kookaburra Australian birds of prey
The call of the kookaburra, which sounds like raucous laughter, is synonymous with the Australian bush. The Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaguineae) inhabits eastern Australia from Cape York to south eastern South Australia, and has been introduced to Tasmania and Western Australia.

Kookaburras are from the kingfisher family, and are the world’s largest Kingfisher. They mainly prey on terrestrial creatures such as insects, small mammals, frogs, snakes and lizards. It is not unusual to see one perched in a tree with a small snake in its beak, whacking it against a branch to kill it


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Frodo shotgun wounded koala Australian wildlife
The moment Frodo was released.Photo courtesy of Australia Zoo
It has been over six months since little Frodo, the female koala joey, came into care at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Wildlife veterinarian Dr Amber Gillett's assessment of Frodo revealed she had sustained a fractured skull and significant damage to the stomach and intestines as a result of being shot with what appeared to be the spray of a shot gun. X-rays revealed approximately 15 pellets scattered throughout her body.


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Australian native wildlife salmon striped frog
Salmon-striped frogs, (Limnodynastes salmini), are brownish grey with dark brown blotches and spots, and three parallel salmon pink stripes on the back.
They also have a distinctive reddish fold from below the eyes to the arms and curved dark bands from the snout through eyes to the ear discs.

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Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Fish Farm
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown yesterday congratulated the Marine Farming Review Panel on its decision to reject Tassal's application to expand its Soldier's Point salmon farm in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

"In the submissions to the application decision, scientists and concerned citizens pointed out the lack of big picture planning for aquaculture, use of antibiotics and anti-foulant on nets, nutrient overload of marine systems and the paucity of information about the Channel and the dolerite reef which has ultimately scuttled the application," Senator Brown said in Hobart. Senator Brown also made a submission slamming the proposal
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Senator Brown Slams Fish Farm Review

February 21st 2011 05:54
Atlantic Salmon Tasmanian aquaculture fish farm
Greens Leader Bob Brown, along with local residents and organisations, has made a submission to the Marine Planning Panel's review of Tassal's request to expand its Soldiers Point salmon farm, which held a public hearing in Hobart today.

"Many of these submissions expressed serious concerns about antibiotic use, damage to the marine environment, sustainability and noise. However, the panel's written response to these submissions had too little scientific basis and too much unsubstantiated opinion," Senator Brown said


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Scarlet sided pobblebonk Australian native frogs
I unearthed a pair of these in a planter pot
Australian Native Wildlife Australians can be unimaginative when it comes to naming things, e.g. Great Sandy Desert, Blue Mountains, Shark Bay or Green Tree Frog, but what a great name is the Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk! They are also known as the Northern Banjo Frog, which is not the same species as the Eastern Banjo Frog, (Limnodynastes dumerilii).

Scarlet-sided Pobblebonks (Limnodynastes terraereginae) are large rotund frogs that attain a length of 75mm. They have irregular red or reddish yellow markings along the sides and upper arms, a bright red groin and hind surface of the thighs and swollen glands on the upper surface of the lower legs. One joker suggested this sounded like the symptoms of his mate after a trip to Bangkok


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Long necked turtle Native Australian wildlife
This specimen was found in a carpark after heavy rain
There are four species of freshwater turtles on the Gold Coast and 15 Australia wide. Also known as snake necked turtle, the Eastern long necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) has a shell length of about 25cm. As the name suggests, they have a long neck which is almost the length of the shell. Long necked turtles cannot withdraw their head into their shell completely, but can fold it sideways so that little of the head and neck is exposed.

The carapace (top shell) is dark brown and frequently covered in moss and algae. The plastron (bottom shell) is pale yellow with the scales edged in black. The skin of the head and limbs is dark grey and both fore and hind legs have feet that are webbed and clawed


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Green Tree Frog Australian native wildlife
Green tree frogs are a common sight, and sound, throughout the north and east of Australia. They have a deep resonant croak, particularly the one living in my downpipe which acts as a reverberation chamber.

Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) adapt well to urban environments and are prolific in some Gold Coast localities. They are large smooth green frogs (up to 100mm) with a cream underside. A pair of gold eyes with horizontal black irises surmount a short snout, and the fore fingers are one third webbed whereas the hind toes are two thirds webbed


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Dangerous Australian Native Wildlife Cassowary Attack
The Cassowary, (Casuarius casuarius) is Australia’s second largest bird, after the emu, and both are flightless. There are two separate isolated populations inhabiting rainforests on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland. It is also known as the Southern Cassowary to distinguish it from its northern cousins which inhabit the rainforests of PNG.

Standing about a metre tall, there is little sexual dimorphism between male and female cassowaries, except that females are slightly larger. Both sexes have glossy blue-black plumage with brighter blue head and neck feathers and a bright red wattle hanging from the neck. Cassowaries also have a bony crest, or casque, on top of their heads which is believed to help it barge through the undergrowth


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shotgun wounded koala eats wildlife hospital
Frodo Is Eating Now (Photo Credit-Australia Zoo)
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has successfully moved for a new Senate inquiry to assess the threats to and management of koalas across the country.

"Despite its iconic status, we know very little about the threats to Australian koalas," said Senator Brown
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Frodo Koala Joey Clings To Life
Photo Credit-Australia Zoo
On the night of Friday the 5th of November a Kenilworth local found a wounded koala joey, lying on the ground next to it’s mother, who had been killed by a shotgun blast.
The wounded joey was taken to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to be assessed by veterinarian Dr Amber Gillett. The female joey had a fractured skull and significant injury to the abdomen caused by the gunshot. Xrays revealed about 15 shotgun pellets lodged throughout her body.
xray koala joey shotgun pellets
Photo Credit-Australia Zoo

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Australian Native Wildlife Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat
Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat
The Australian Greens are disappointed with the Government's newly released Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030, saying it offers little hope for reversing Australia's declining natural diversity.

“This strategy is totally inadequate. There is a distinct ambiguity to the five year national targets, and there is no mention of the financial support given,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Natural Resource Management said


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Australian native wildlife birds silver gull
Seagulls are a common sight in Australian coastal cities and may include the Pacific Gull, Kelp Gull and Silver Gull along with Skuas and Terns. The Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae) is by far the most widely distributed, inhabiting all coastal regions of Australia, parts of New Caledonia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as extending far inland.

Seagulls were somehow aware of the rare flooding of Lake Eyre, 700km north of Adelaide, and flocked there in droves for the bountiful aquatic creatures that sprang to life. In some indigenous communities, seagull eggs are an important source of bush tucker
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Would You Eat Seagull Eggs?

August 27th 2010 06:54
seagulls attack cliff climber abseiling
Seagull eggs are a nutritious indigenous food resource but would you eat them? I have tried quail eggs and duck eggs, but not seagull eggs. I have heard they taste fishy and could even pose a health risk. I also like fish eggs but I expect them to taste a little briny.

Indigenous populations in the UK, Norway and other Scandinavian countries traditionally eat seagulls eggs served hardboiled with salt. Seagulls lay their eggs on rocky outcrops and offshore islands so it can be a risky job collecting them


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Deadly Australian Native Wildlife Redback Spider
An office receptionist got a nasty shock when she found a 70cm long snake entangled in the web of a deadly Redback Spider. Tania Robertson, a receptionist at an electrical firm, came in to work on Tuesday and spotted the dramatic scene next to a desk in her office. The snake, which had obviously died from the spider's poisonous bite, was off the ground and caught up in the web.
venomous redback spider bite kills snake

It is believed the snake was bitten on Monday night. A red mark on the snake's stomach was evidence of where the spider had started consuming it. Throughout Tuesday, the spider fed on her prey, and on Wednesday she rolled it up and started spinning a web around it while lifting it higher off the ground


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Australian native wildlife marsupials koalas mating
The Australian Greens are calling on Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett to immediately list the koala as a vulnerable species until more information about the nation-wide numbers and health is known.

In Sydney with NSW Senate candidate Lee Rhiannon on Thursday, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said a national inquiry into long-term health of koala populations is needed


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Australian Native Wildlife Blue Faced Honeyeater
Blue faced honeyeaters (Entomyzon cyanotis) inhabit open eucalypt forests, plantations, farms and urban environments in northern and eastern Australia. They have an olive green back and wings, with a white underbelly. A black head and throat are dominated by vivid blue eye patches.

Their diet consists of nectar from flowers as well as insects and native fruits. There is little sexual dimorphism, meaning the hens are as pretty as the cocks


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Australian Native Wildlife Marsupial Koala biodiversity
Yesterday's United Nations report finding of a 31 percent loss of wildlife since 1970 represents an unprecedented environmental crisis and challenge for the Rudd government, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Canberra.

"Extrapolate this report's findings and 90% of the bulk of wildlife will be gone in a century. But government policies are making the crisis worse, not better


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Alligator Bites Golfers Arm Off

April 29th 2010 07:00
Alligator attacks bites golfers arm off
Image courtesy P. Hunt
Alligators were portrayed as less dangerous than crocodiles by the late Steve Irwin, and he was often pictured holding one. The sleepy old 'gators at Australia Zoo may be docile, but retrieving a golf ball has cost a man an arm in the United States. A golfer in South Carolina was reaching into the water to retrieve a ball when he was attacked by a two and a half metre (8ft) Alligator.
bystanders help alligator attack victim
Image courtesy P.Hunt

The alligator seized the mans left arm and rolled, tearing it off at the shoulder. Shocked onlookers tried to staunch the flow of blood and comfort the victim until paramedics arrived. He was rushed to hospital by helicopter while a hunt for the rogue Alligator began


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Australia Zoo - The Best Zoo In Oz?

April 20th 2010 07:08
Crikey Steve Irwin Australia Zoo Beerwah
In my opinion Australia Zoo is one of the best in the country. While Healesvile Sanctuary does important research, Fleays Fauna Centre has successful breeding programs, Currumbin Sanctuary has free flying birds, Alma Park Zoo is very interactive, Adelaide Zoo has rare, exotic animals, Western Plains Zoo has wide open spaces and Taronga Zoo has a huge variety, Australia Zoo has a combination of all these attributes as well as the charismatic Irwin family.
Australian Saltwater Estaurine Crocodile Maneater

In particular the reptile collection is impressive, with 22 ‘saltwater’ Estuarine Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus), some of which perform in the Crocoseum. The zoo also houses numerous ‘freshwater’ Johnston’s Crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni) as well as North American Alligators (Alligator mississipiensis). Other large reptiles include a sleepy Komodo Dragon, two huge Aldabran Tortoises and a beautifully patterned pair of Perenties, Australia’s largest lizard


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Bindi Irwin and the Jungle Girls
The Irwin family has been delighting visitors from all over the world at Australia Zoo during the Easter holidays. Bindi and her Jungle Girls performed a half hour song and dance routine with an environmental theme, with much of the choreography based on the movements of animals. Then the wildlife show began in the Crocoseum with Terri and Wes.
Australia Zoo Australian native stork Jabiru

The bird show featured colourful Macaws, Lorikeets and various Cockatoos that circled the stadium and alighted amongst the patrons, and a friendly Jabiru that waded into the pond for a couple of fish


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African Tribes man rock Python burrow
Life is tough in South Africa and supermarkets are scarce. These incredible pictures show what lengths the natives go to for food. After wrapping his left forearm in goat skin, this brave man crawls down a burrow inhabited by a giant snake. African Rock Pythons are known maneaters.
African Rock Python Man Eating Snake

One of the worlds largest snake species, they can attain a length of 6m (20ft). They live in cool underground burrows made by other animals, yet this man is sweating profusely, and I don’t blame him


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Australian Native Wildlife Galah Roseate Cockatoo
The Galah, (Cacatua roseicapilla), is also known as the Roseate Cockatoo. They have grey wings and a rosy pink underbelly, and grow to approximately 36 cm (1ft 2in). Breeding from July to December, the males have brown eyes and the females red.

Galah’s inhabit open woodlands, agricultural areas and urban environments throughout Australia with the exception of Tasmania and south western Australia. They eat a variety of seeds, grains, fruits, blossoms, shoots, insects and their larvae


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Australian Native Wildlife White Drummer Cicada
The white Drummer has distintive white tymbals
In Australia, Christmas is synonymous with barbeques, beach cricket and the piercing song of cicadas. There are over 200 species of cicadas in Australia, with curious names such as the Brown Bunyip (Tamasa tristigma), the Razor Grinder (Henicopsaltria eydouxii) and the Black Tree Ticker (Birrima varians).

Each species has its own distinct ‘song’. Adult males produce the sound by flexing a pair of rigid ribbed membranes, called tymbals, located on either side of the abdomen. Rapid contractions produce such high frequency sound pulses that they are perceived as a continuous sound by the human ear


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Sam the Koala rescued from Victorian Bushfire
Sam the Koala, made world famous by this photo with CFA firefighter David Tree during the devastating Victorian bushfires in February, has died. Sam survived the deadliest bushfires in Australia’s history with serious burns to her feet, ears and nose. Mr Tree said that although it appears that Sam is holding his hand, he had poured some water into his cupped hand and she is actually cooling her burns.

Sam was successfully rehabilitated at the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter in Rawson but was subsequently found to have Chlamydia. Chlamydia is a bacterium that infects a wide range of animals, including birds, sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, cats, mice and even humans


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Australian native wildlife black headed python
Python From Tannemai desert, NT
The Black Headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus) and the Woma (Aspidites ramsayi) are primitive species of pythons that inhabit the northern and arid central regions of Australia. They specialise on preying on other reptiles, including venomous snakes, and lack the heat sensing pits common to other pythons. Like all pythons, they have no venom but kill their prey by constriction.
Black Headed Python Kills huge goanna
Black Headed Python Kills And Eats Huge Goanna

Black Headed Pythons often live in underground burrows, and one advantage this snake has over other reptiles is its’ black head. It acts like a solar panel, allowing the snake to warm itself quickly without exposing its whole body. Background colouration varies from white to vivid yellow with horizontal chocolate coloured bands running the length of the body


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Giant spider Australian monster arachnid
This large spider weaves an orb web, of strong yellowish silk, in excess of a metre wide. It is usually strung in a sunny spot between trees or, in suburbia, across paths and around buildings. There are over 300 known species of arachnids on the Gold Coast, belonging to 50 different families, with many more yet to be identified.
venomous spider golden orb weaver

Golden Orb Weavers (Nephila sp.) have purplish grey bodies with black and yellow legs. They inhabit warm moist areas along the East coast of Australia. They are capable of biting people when forced to defend themselves, but their venom only causes mild irritation.
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swine flu pandemic Australia environment feral pig
Never mind the swine flu pandemic, this gigantic feral pig could have been capable of eating a person, given the opportunity. The farmer knew there was a big predator on the loose when, one by one, his dogs started disappearing. The remaining dogs were afraid to go out at night because they knew there was a giant feral pig hunting in the area, 300km south of Katherine.

Feral pigs are adaptable and indiscriminate, eating a wide variety of plant matter as well as carrion and any animal they can subdue. They can dig and swim, and forage by day or night, causing significant environmental damage. This beast was killed by a 375 H&H. It was 3 metres long and weighed almost half a tonne! It could not be lifted onto the Land Cruiser and had to be dragged into a burial pit


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Australian native reptiles blue tongue lizard
The blue tongue lizard is probably the most iconic Australian lizard of the skink family. It occurs throughout Australia, including Tasmania, and is common in suburbia. Attaining a length of up to 60 cm it is the second largest skink, and is most notable for its vivid deep blue tongue.
Australian native animals blue tongue lizard

The blue tongue (Tiliqua scincoides) has a cream background with wide transverse blue/black bands running from the neck to the tail, and a wedge shaped head. When threatened, it flattens and puffs out its torso to look bigger, hisses loudly and gapes its bright pink mouth with its startling blue tongue. It can lunge swiftly, and bite, but its teeth are no more than smooth hemispherical knobs


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Gold Coast Wildlife Granny's Cloak Moth
The Granny’s Cloak Moth (Speiredonia spectans) attains a wingspan of 75cm. It is grey with darker bands and purple eyespots on the wings. These spots are barely visible in dim light but appear vividly in flash photography.

In the bush, adults hide in hollow trees and caves during the day, emerging to forage at night. In suburbia they favour dark rooms such as sheds, closets and under staircases


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Australian native wildlife reptiles Eastern Water Dragon
As the name suggests, Eastern Water Dragons inhabit the East Coast of Australia, and the Gold Coast is no exception. They are a common sight near waterways, perched on a rock or log from which they can spot and pursue insects and any other animal they can subdue.
They vigorously throw themselves into water when threatened, and can remain submerged for up to half an hour. Adaptations to a semi-aquatic lifestyle include a laterally flattened tail and nostrils mounted high on the head. Unlike skinks, dragons can not regenerate their tail.
Australia Zoo Reptiles Eastern Water Dragon

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kangaroo and joey Australian native wildlife
On Australia Day it is fitting to feature perhaps the best known of all Australian icons, the kangaroo. Appearing on the Australian Coat of Arms along with the emu, the kangaroo is used to symbolize countless Australian institutions, brands, products and services.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos are the only kangaroo species found on the Gold Coast, although other macropods include various wallabies bettongs, potoroos and pademelons.. Kangaroos mostly inhabit the Gold Coast hinterland, ‘the green behind the gold’, but occasionally stray into suburbia


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Gold Coast Wildlife Eastern Water Skink
Skinks occur throughout Australia and there are approximately 80 species in Queensland.
The Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) inhabits the east coast of Australia and South Australia.
Australian native animals reptiles lizards skinks

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Carpet Python Strikes Rat Caption Contest
Caption Contest #1. Best caption in ‘comments’ goes here.
Carpet pythons are beautifully patterned snakes with light blotches on a dark background. The pattern and colour varying widely from region to region. Widespread in northern, eastern and southern Australia, carpet pythons inhabit wet or dry eucalypt forest, rainforest, scrubland, agricultural land and suburbia, including the roof cavities of houses.
Growing to up to three metres in length, carpet pythons (Morelia spilota variegata) may be active by day or night. They prey mainly on warm blooded animals including possums, rats, fruit bats and birds, as well as domestic poultry, cats and even small dogs.
Carpet Python kills cat caption contest
Caption Contest #2. Houston, we have a problem!

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Australian cockatoo short billed corella pets
The short billed corella (Cacatua sanguinea) is a breed of Australian parrot with radiant white plumage. Also known as the little corella or bare eyed cockatoo, they inhabit a variety of environments from woodlands, grasslands and grain farming districts to suburbia.

Attaining sexual maturity at 3 or 4 years of age, short billed corellas have an estimated lifespan of 20 years or more. These nomadic birds nest in hollow trees and occasionally cliff faces or termite mounds


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Queensland reptile park fire tailed lizard
Australian lizards are divided into 5 categories: dragons (Agamidae), monitors (Varanidae), skinks (Scincidae), geckos (Geckonidae) and legless lizards (Pygopodidae). The Scincidae Family contains more species than any other in the world and there are over thirty species of skinks living in a variety of Gold Coast environments.
Queensland Gold Coast wildlife park lizard

Skinks range from large terrestrial lizards to slender insectivores and secretive burrowing skinks that are seldom seen above ground. The Fire Tailed Skink (Morethia taeniopleura) grows to 10cm in total length


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Fresh Blue Swimmer Crab Platter Recipe
Crabs are found in all the oceans of the world and are invariably considered a delicacy. In QLD there are three varieties of crabs subject to commercial fishery, spanner crabs, blue swimmer crabs, and mud crabs.
Blue swimmer crabs (Portunus pelagicus) are also known as blue manna or sand crabs, and are found in coastal waters throughout Australia, except for Tasmania. Inhabiting bays and estuaries to a depth of 60 metres, they prefer muddy or sandy bottoms but are also found on rubble, seagrass and seaweed, where they feed on shellfish, worms and brittle-stars on the sea floor.
Raw Blue Swimmer Crab Fishing Season

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Flathead - The Finest Fish Fllets?

October 12th 2008 12:50
Wild Caught fresh Flathead Fish fillets
I think flathead are one of the most underrated fish in Australia. Flathead fillets have flaky white flesh with a mild flavour. Possibly because they are so ugly, or because they are commonly caught by anglers, I’ve observed that it’s not a popular menu item in restaurants. It was equally hard to sell fresh flathead fillets at a Gold Coast seafood retailer that was featured on Rawfish in January.
Another possible reason they are not highly regarded is that whole flathead are not easy to fillet. They are spiny, have sharp edges, tough skin, a pronounced ribcage and an irregular shape. The following step by step pictures show how it is done.
Dusky Flathead Department Of Primary Industries
Credit: Queensland DPI&F
There are numerous species of Australian flathead (Platycephalus species), including armoured, dusky, rock, sand and tiger. They live in various coastal habitats, such as sand bars, weed beds, mud flats and rocky outcrops as well as tidal rivers and streams. The flathead is an ambush predator, lunging from concealment with its mouth gaping wide open


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Fearsome Fighting Fish With Green Bones

September 13th 2008 05:55
North Stradbroke Island Game fishing Longtom
On a recent fishing trip off North Stradbroke Island our quarry was the monster flathead that we have caught there before. We did catch an enormous five kilo flathead but that was not the highlight of the day. I hooked a powerful fish and as I reeled it in we saw a long silver streak leap from the water.
Again and again it leapt like a gamefish but we had no idea what it was. We found it had a fearsome set of teeth that demanded respect, as we cautiously removed the hooks. I thought it might be some kind of gigantic garfish on steroids. I had never heard of a Longtom until I got it home and researched it.
North Stradbroke Island fishing charter boat

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The Mighty Mud Crab

September 4th 2008 12:20
Queensland seafood mud crab claw meat
Mud crabs (Scylla serrata) are also known as mangrove crabs as they are found in mangrove and estuarine regions from northern NSW, throughout coastal Queensland and the Northern Territory, and the tropical West Australian coast.
Queensland Mud Crab Mangrove crab claws

Growing to over 25 cm across and 2 kg in weight, they have a smooth muddy greenish coloured carapace and powerful claws. live specimens should be handled with care, even when tied up, as they are capable of inflicting serious injuries


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Colourful Queensland Coral Crabs

August 19th 2008 06:57
Queensland coral crab coral reef fishing
The coral crab (Charybdis cruciata) is ornately decorated with distinctive red bands and blotches on a cream body. It has a relatively smooth shell without spines at the edges, and the hindmost pair of legs are equipped with paddles adapted for swimming.
Tropical Queensland coral reef crab fishing

As the name suggests, these crabs inhabit coral reefs where they feed on smaller crustaceans and mollusks. They are generally caught by recreational fisherman using baited pots or witches hats


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Grotesque forward walking spanner crab
In Queensland there are three varieties of crabs subject to commercial fishery; blue swimmer crabs, mud crabs and spanner crabs.
Spanner crabs (Ranina ranina) are so named for their claws which are shaped like an adjustable spanner (wrench).They have a bright red shell, usually with white dots, and they move forwards and backwards, rather than sideways like other crabs. Males grow to about 15 cm across, females to about 11.5 cm.
Queensland Spanner crab fishing seafood export

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The Whitebait Debate

May 4th 2008 06:13
Whitebait
Whitebait is a collective term used throughout the world to describe small fishes that are collected en masse and eaten whole. Many species and many fisheries fit this definition. All whitebait species spend part of their life cycle in fresh water and part in the sea. Tiny fish hatch in late autumn and are carried along rivers out to sea where they live and grow over the winter.
Whitebait is highly prized by kiwis. The New Zealand whitebait catch consists primarily of the young of the species: inanga (Galaxias attenuatus/maculatus), koaro (Galaxias brevipinnis) and banded kokopu (Galaxias fasciatus).
Inanga is by far the most commonly caught species. Giant kokopu (Galaxias argenteus), short-jawed kokopu (Galaxias postvectis) and smelt (Retropinna retropinna) are also occasionally present along with the young of many other fish such as eels, bullies and trout


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All About Oysters

April 8th 2008 08:11
Sydney rock oyster aphrodisiac seafood
There are numerous species of oysters native to Australia, of which the Sydney Rock Oyster, originally described as Saccostrea commercialis is the most famous. They are commercially cultivated from Malacoota in Victoria, up the NSW coast and as far as Tin Can Bay in Queensland. Saccostrea commercialis has been determined to be the same species as the New Zealand rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata.
 Tassie oyster Pacific oyster Tasmania aphrodisiac
The Pacific Oyster, Crassostrea gigas is often mistakenly called the Tassie Oyster, but it originates from Japan and was initially introduced to Tasmania. This mollusc is much larger than the native species. Pacific Oysters are commercially cultivated in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
Pacific Tassie oysters bottled aphrodisiac
They are sold unopened, in the half shell and in bottles. Bottled oysters are required by law to be stored in clean fresh water with no preservatives


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Lobster Tales

October 30th 2007 04:45
southern rock lobster
There are many species of marine and freshwater crayfish native to Australian waters. All are edible, and indeed are highly prized delicacies.

The names ‘lobster’ and ‘crayfish’ are both used to refer to the marine crayfish from Australia, although true lobsters; marine crayfish with large claws, are not found in Australia


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