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Queensland barramundi season reopens February 1

QUEENSLAND anglers can get their rods and lines ready for the barramundi season, which reopens from midday, February 1. The barramundi closed seasons have 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 were aimed at ensuring the long-term sustainability of the iconic fish species. “Closed seasons are an important measure in sustaining fish stocks for the future,” he said. “The closure coincides with spawning periods and protects barramundi stocks during this vulnerable period of their life cycle. “The closed seasons allow 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. “Before dropping a line, it’s important that fishers refresh their knowledge of the rules to avoid on-the-spot fines,” he said.

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. 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 closures, 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).

Species Size limit Possession limit
Barramundi
East Coast 58–120 cm 5
Gulf of Carpentaria 58–120 cm 5
Freshwater 58–120 cm (one greater than 120 cm 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 Fisheries website for the full list.

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