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 bonding experience and creates memories that last a lifetime,” Mr McDonald said. “It’s important all fishers, regardless of whether they are experienced or first timers, take the time to familiarise themselves with the rules that apply, including size and possession limits, how to correctly measure fish, fishing gear restrictions and closed seasons. “Different rules apply to fishing in tidal waters, fresh waters, marine parks and interstate. “All fishers – local, interstate or from overseas – have a responsibility to ensure they are fishing within the law.”

Mr McDonald said fishers should also remember to buy a Stocked Impoundment Permit before fishing at any of the state’s 32 stocked impoundments and carry it on them at all times. “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 cod and saratoga. “SIPs cost $8 for a weekly permit or $41 for a yearly permit and cover all 32 dams on the scheme. “They are available to buy online (https://www.smartservice.qld.gov.au/services/permits/fishing/apply) or from small business outlets throughout Queensland.”

Mr McDonald said QBFP officers would be out and about talking to fishers as part of their education program on fishing and boating rules, and where needed, would enforce regulations throughout the holiday period. For more information on Queensland fishing rules, grab a free copy of the Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide from your local QBFP branch or by calling 13 25 23, download the free Qld Fishing app from Apple and Google app stores, or visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au You can follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@FisheriesQld).

Fishing tips and responsibilities

Check your limitsFor a complete list of size and possession limits, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or download the Qld Fishing app.
Measuring devicesUse a sturdy ruler with an end stop to measure the length of your fish or a crab gauge to measure your crabs.
Identify your catchAlways 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 itWhen 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 gearA 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 itInterfering 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.

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