A REMINDER that all species of tropical rocklobster are off limits to fishers from midnight, October 1, 2015 until midnight, December 31, 2015 in Queensland tidal waters.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Bob Russell said the closure was vital to protect tropical rocklobster during their spawning season. “Closed seasons or regulated waters prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect valuable breeding stock,” Mr Russell said. “The closed season applies to all species of tropical rocklobster (family panuliridae) in Queensland tidal waters: north of latitude 14° S, south of Cape York, and east of longitude 142°31´49″ E (just north of Claremont point); as well as in the Gulf of Carpentaria, shoreward of the 25 n mile line and south of latitude 10°48´S.”
For more information on tropical rocklobster and closed seasons, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free Qld fishing app from Apple or Google app stores. You can follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook and Twitter (@FisheriesQld).