barra season opens 2018

Get ready for barra season

QUEENSLAND anglers are gearing up for barra season, which re-opens at midday on Thursday, February 1.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness reminded fishers to check the size and possession limits that apply to the iconic fish when the barra season opens.

“Before dropping a line, it’s important that fishers refresh their knowledge of the rules and regulations to avoid being fined,” Mr Bowness said. “The minimum size limit for barramundi on the east coast and Gulf of Carpentaria is 58cm, the maximum size limit is 120cm and the possession limit is five fish per person. For those fishing in some of Queensland’s stocked fresh waters, one barramundi may be taken if it is greater than 120cm.”

For the full list of these stocked freshwater locations, visit daf.qld.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/rules-regulations/closed-seasons-fresh-waters.

A closed barra season has been in place since October 7, 2017 in the Gulf of Carpentaria and on the east coast since November 1. Mr Bowness said annual closures apply to barramundi fishing to ensure the long-term sustainability of this iconic Queensland fish species.

“The closed seasons, which coincide with spawning periods, protect barramundi stocks during this vulnerable time in their life cycle,” he said. “This allows the fish to spawn and replenish to ensure healthy fish stocks for current and future generations of Queenslanders.”

If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Don’t engage with the person, as this can compromise an investigation. For more information on Queensland’s fishing closed seasons, visit fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores.

You can follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@FisheriesQld).

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