Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) is preparing for a busy Easter weekend as thousands of people take to the water for recreational fishing and boating.
QBFP Manager Ian Fricke said fisheries officers will be out in force on Queensland tidal and fresh waters to ensure fishers comply with fishing and boating safety rules. “The overwhelming majority of Queensland fishers do the right thing and fish by the rules and we would like to see that good record continue over Easter,” Mr Fricke said.
“Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol will be on the water talking to fishers as part of our education campaign and, where needed, will enforce regulations throughout the Easter holiday period. “Fisheries regulations are in place to ensure sustainable fisheries for future generations of Queenslanders and hefty fines apply for illegal fishing activity.
“There are different rules for fishing in tidal waters, freshwaters, marine parks and interstate. “It’s important all fishers, regardless of whether they are experienced or first timers, get to know the rules, including size and possession limits, how to correctly measure a fish, fishing gear restrictions and closed seasons.”
Fishing tips and responsibilities
- Check your limits – For a complete list of size and possession limits, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or download the Qld Fishing app.
- Measuring devices – Use a sturdy ruler with an end stop to measure the length of your fish or a crab gauge to measure your crabs.
- Identify your catch – Always carry a fish identification guide or download the Qld Fishing app. Remember, fish that look similar may in fact be different species with different size and possession limits. If you can’t ID it, free it.
- Gently does it – When a fish is hooked, avoid playing it on the line for too long. The stressed fish will become exhausted quickly and have less chance of survival if required to be released.
- Check your gear – A number of restrictions apply to fishing gear in Queensland. Check the rules online at www.fisheries.qld.gov.au
- If it’s not yours, don’t touch it – Interfering with crab apparatus you didn’t set is illegal. If you’re concerned apparatus has been abandoned, report it to Fishwatch on 1800 017 116.
Mr Fricke also reminded fishers to purchase a Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) before fishing in any of the State’s 63 stocked dams and weirs. “Stocked impoundments are a great, sustainable fishing option, as stocks of fish are replenished regularly,” he said.
“Species stocked include barramundi, golden perch, silver perch, Australian bass, Mary River cod, Murray River cod and saratoga. “SIPs cost $10.00 for a weekly permit, $50.00 for yearly permit or $36.00 for a yearly concession permit, covering all 63 dams on the Scheme.”
Fishers can purchase a SIP online at www.daf.qld.gov.au, over the phone at 1300 575 359 or at Australia Post outlets and sub-agents.
People who suspect illegal fishing activities should report it by calling the 24 hour toll-free Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.
For more information on Queensland fishing rules and regulations, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores.
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