They’ve been at it for 50 years now…and today they celebrate.
It’s the 50th year that Queensland’s Boating Patrol Service has been operational, commencing on 5 July 1966.
Today, the job remains the same- To protect our valuable fisheries resources, coastal and inland, and to ensure public safety on the water.
There are currently 104 patrol personnel and 26 offshore vessels in QBFP.
The patrol had an initial intake of 13 recruits and in May 1968 the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol became fully operational across the state.
The numbers tell that story.
1969 there were only 279 offences detected under the Fisheries Act including two cases of taking fish by means of explosives.
Last year, there were more than 2,300 offences detected with more than 26,000 inspections of fishers, boats, vehicles, campsites, seafood marketers and properties and 20,500 marine inspections.
Queensland has more than 642,000 recreational fishers and 1,400 commercial fishing vessels,.
These include state-of-the-art offshore patrol boats, rigid inflatable boats, quad bikes and personal watercraft to monitor 7,000 kilometres of coastline, operating in waters up to 200 nautical miles off the coast and also hundreds of inland fishing areas.
So, let’s, for today, tip our hats for the work and to a service much needed.