QUEENSLAND anglers can get their rods and lines back out for the barramundi season which reopened at midday yesterday, February 1.
The barramundi season closure had been in force in the Gulf of Carpentaria since October 7 last year and November 1 for the east coast. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Ibell said the closed seasons aimed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the iconic fish species. “Closed seasons are an important measure to sustain fish stocks for the future,” Mr Ibell said. “The closure coincides with spawning periods and protects barramundi stocks during this vulnerable period of their life cycle. The closed season allows them to spawn and replenish to ensure healthy fish stocks for current and future generations of Queenslanders.”
Mr Ibell reminded fishers to check the size and possession limits that apply to barramundi. “Before dropping a line, it’s important that fishers refresh their knowledge of the rules to avoid on-the-spot fines,” he said.
Table: Size and possession limits
|Species||Size limit||Possession limit|
|Gulf of Carpentaria||58–120cm||5|
|Fresh water||58–120cm (one greater than 120cm from some dams)*||5 (one during closed season for some dams)*|
*Different rules apply to the take of barramundi from some lakes and dams. Check the website for the full list.
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 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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