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Fishing Pressure

The Moreton Bay region is one of the most intensively fished areas along the Queensland coast. It comprises only 3% of the Queensland coastline, yet produces around 15% of the State’s commercial catch. In addition, the recreational fisheries catch in the region is considered to be substantially greater than this commercial harvest.

There are a range of fisheries in Moreton Bay catching a range of species. Commercial and recreational fishers target pelagic species such as tuna, snapper and mackerel, as well as the famous Moreton Bay bugs (slipper lobsters). Other common species targeted are bream, tailer, whiting, flathead and mulloway. Netting and prawn trawling are the most common commercial fishing practices.

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