FISHERS are being reminded that barramundi will be off limits in the Gulf of Carpentaria from midday 7 October 2016 until midday 1 February 2017.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) acting district manager Tony Loader 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 more vulnerable to predators and fishing pressure,” he said.
“Closed seasons allow stocks to replenish to ensure there are healthy fish stores for current and future generations of Queenslanders.
“It’s important that barramundi are not targeted for catch and release during a closed season as the stress of capture may actually prevent the fish from spawning.”
A barramundi closure will also apply in Queensland’s east coast waters from midday 1 November 2016 to midday 1 February 2017.
Mr Loader said QBFP officers would be out patrolling Queensland waters over the spawning season.
“Officers conduct regular patrols during closed seasons and those found doing the wrong thing are risking an on-the-spot fine of $487 and a maximum penalty of $121,900.
“QBFP rely on the support of the public to help protect our fishing resources for future generations.
“People who suspect illegal fishing are urged to do the right thing and report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.”
The closure does not apply in East Leichardt Dam and Belmore, Corella, Julius, Fred Tritton and Moondarra lakes, and to waterways upstream of these impoundments.
For more information on closed seasons for fishing in Queensland, 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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