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QBFP Clam-ping down on mollusc limit

QUEENSLAND Boating and Fisheries Patrol is reminding fishers that a total in-possession mollusc limit of 50 applies to pipis, cockles and mud whelks following increased reports of people taking excess molluscs at Redland Bay. QBFP district officer Matt Davidson said in Queensland, a person can only legally take and possess 50 molluscs and gastropods at any given time. “The possession limit applies to all bivalve molluscs and gastropods such as pipis, mud whelks (snails) and cockles,” he said.

“Possession limits include any that have been collected previously and have not yet been consumed. “For example, if you have 25 at home, you can only take and keep another 25. “This possession limit, however, does not apply to oysters – oysters can only be taken at public areas and must be consumed on the spot. “Exceeding the possession limit on shellfish carries an on-the-spot fine of $440 and a maximum penalty of $110,000.”

Mr Davidson said there were a number of areas around Brisbane where the taking of shellfish was prohibited. “It’s illegal to take shellfish from any of the local closed areas including parts of the foreshores at Deception Bay, Nudgee Beach, Wynnum and Bramble Bay,” he said. “Recreational fishers should refer to www.fisheries.qld.gov.au for specific area details.”

If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Don’t engage the person, as this can compromise an investigation.

All information provided to the hotline will be prioritised based on potential fishery risks, accuracy and reliability, with an appropriate response formulated.

For more information on Queensland fishing rules, visit www.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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