Fishing Rules

Reminder: Tropical Rocklobster Closed Season

A REMINDER that all species of tropical rocklobster are off limits to fishers from midnight, October 1, 2015 until midnight, December 31, 2015 in Queensland tidal waters. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Bob Russell said the closure was vital to protect tropical rocklobster during their spawning season. “Closed seasons or regulated waters prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect …

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Indonesia–Australia Strengthen Partnership to Combat Illegal Fishing

The Indonesian and Australian Governments yesterday signed a Joint Communiqué to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and to promote sustainable fisheries governance across the region. The agreement was officially signed by Australian Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce and Indonesian Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, in Indonesia yesterday. Speaking from Indonesia, Minister Joyce said the agreement deepened an already strong …

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New Moon Brings Coral Reef Fin Fish Closures

CORAL reef fin fish will be off limits from this Saturday, October 10 as part of the first of two annual closures that protect these fish during spawning season. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Bob 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 …

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Fishing Offences on the Rise

TARGETED compliance patrols in high-risk areas of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area have detected a four-fold increase in recreational fishing offences over three years. In 2014-15, 538 recreational fishing offences were reported, representing the highest annual number recorded. The incidences were among 1161 reported breaches of Commonwealth and state laws in the World Heritage Area for the year, covering …

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Townsville Fisher Fined $7000 for Illegal Fishing

A RECREATIONAL fisher was fined $7000 for multiple fishery offences in Townsville Magistrates Court recently. “His Esky also contained two tilapia. “While no nets were located, the barramundi and tilapia displayed signs around the gills consistent with being netted.” All nets (except landing nets, scoop or dip nets and dilly nets) are illegal to use in Queensland fresh waters. “Barramundi have …

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Check The Fishing Rules Before Dropping A Line

IF you’re taking the kids fishing this school holidays, don’t forget to check the rules before dropping a line in. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Rob McDonald said it’s important everyone sticks to the rules because they are in place to ensure the sustainability of our fisheries for future generations of Queensland fishers. “Taking the kids fishing is a wonderful …

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Brush up on tropical rock lobster rules

Size and possession limits Painted crayfish (Panulirus ornatus): 11.5 cm tail minimum, 9 cm carapace minimum. Other tropical rock lobster species: no size limit. Possession limit: north of latitude 14º S and in Gulf waters – combined limit of 3 per person/6 per boat in total of all species. South of latitude 14° S – combined limit of 5 per …

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Fishing Superstition – True or False?

Fishing Communication On another note, communication on the water can be vital whenever any form of breakdown or unexpected emergency occurs. VHF repeater channel 21 provides the best radio range for anyone fishing offshore in our backyard off Brisbane thanks to Redcliffe Coast Guard. While that VHF repeater on Moreton Island was off the air for maintenance recently, several people mentioned …

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Fishing line rules: don’t get in a tangle

RESTRICTIONS are in place on the number of fishing lines that can be used in Queensland fresh and tidal waters to protect fish stocks from overfishing. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Rob McDonald said different fishing line rules applied to fishing gear used in tidal waters and non-tidal waters (fresh waters). “Fishers are responsible for ensuring the fishing …

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Know how to measure your catch correctly

Mr Depper said mud crabs were measured from point to point across the widest part of the shell and must be a minimum size of 15cm. Blue swimmer crabs are measured from the notch immediately forward of the base of the largest lateral spine on one side of the crab to the notch immediately forward of the base of the …

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