Fishing Rules

Spanner crabs off-limits in Queensland

QUEENSLAND’S annual spanner crab closed season for recreational and commercial fishers commences at midnight on November 20 and runs until midnight, December 20. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Russell Overton said the annual closure protected spanner crabs during breeding season. “The closed season allows the crabs to spawn, replenishing crab stocks to ensure a sustainable fishery for future …

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Second annual coral reef fin fish closed season for 2017

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CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from Wednesday, November 15 in the second of two annual closures that protect these fish during spawning season. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Robert Russell said the closure would start immediately after midnight at the beginning of November 15 and end immediately before midnight at the end of November 19. “October …

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Company fined $40,000 for damage to marine plants

A COMPANY was recently fined $40,000 at the Hervey Bay Magistrates’ Court for causing damage to a substantial area of marine plants. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness said Fisheries Queensland takes the destruction of marine plants seriously as they play an important role in sustaining fish habitats. “The company excavated about 8407sq m of soil from …

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Fisheries patrol officers to wear body cameras

ALL Queensland fisheries patrol officers will be required to wear cameras to record interactions with the public, Acting Fisheries Minister Dr Anthony Lynham announced recently. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers based at Pinkenba are the first to wear the body cameras, which will be a standard part of uniforms across the state by February 2018. “The roll-out of body …

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Barramundi closed season – east coast Queensland

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THE annual barramundi closed season along Queensland’s east coast starts from midday on November 1, 2017, effective through to midday on February 1, 2018. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Robert Russell said the closed season applies to all commercial and recreational fishers. “Fisheries officers will be stepping up surveillance during the barramundi closed season to protect this valued …

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New moon brings fishing closures

coral reef fin fish new moon closure

CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from Tuesday, October 17 for the first of two annual closures to protect these fish during spawning season. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Robert Russell said the two five-day closures coincided with the new moon when key coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn. “October and November have been found to …

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Barra off-limits in Gulf of Carpentaria

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FISHERS are being reminded that barramundi will be off limits in the Gulf of Carpentaria from midday 7 October 2017 until midday 1 February 2018. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) acting district officer Bill Nason said the closure was in place to protect barramundi stock during their vulnerable spawning season. “Barramundi typically aggregate in one area to spawn, making them …

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Fisheries offences net $9500 fine

TWO commercial fishers were found guilty in the Gladstone Magistrates’ Court for netting offences in the Port of Gladstone Rodds Bay Dugong Protection Area and were collectively fined close to $10,000. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol investigator for Central Queensland Deryk Smith said in April 2016, QBFP officers intercepted the fishers as they were pulling up their commercial fishing boat …

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Australian bass back for another season

THE annual closed season for Australian bass in Queensland tidal waters ends this week. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol manager Rob McDonald said the species had been off-limits in tidal waterways from June 1 to August 31 to protect the species during its breeding cycle. “Fishers can return to their favourite tidal waterways to catch Australian bass from Friday, September …

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Freshwater cod season closes from September

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A CLOSED season applies to Mary River cod and Murray cod from September 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officer Coby Walker said the annual closure during spawning season is an important measure to allow the species to reproduce so there are viable stocks of these fish for future generations to enjoy. “For Mary River …

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