A RECREATIONAL fisher was fined $7000 for multiple fishery offences in Townsville Magistrates Court recently.
“QBFP responded to a call from Queensland Police who had intercepted a fisher at the Haughton River,” Mr Ibell said. “The fisher was in possession of 10 barramundi, of which four were undersized.
All nets (except landing nets, scoop or dip nets and dilly nets) are illegal to use in Queensland fresh waters.
“Barramundi have a minimum size limit of 58cm, a maximum size limit of 120cm and a possession limit of five,” Mr Ibell said. “Tilapia are a declared noxious fish and must be humanely killed and buried away from the water if caught. “They cannot be kept, eaten or used as bait. “It is important fishers take the time to familiarise themselves with the rules that apply to the area they are fishing. “All fishers have a responsibility to ensure they are fishing within the law.”
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).