ANGLERS are reminded to check the size and possession limits for barramundi as the season opens on Friday, February 1.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Tony Loader said it was important that fishers refresh their knowledge of the rules and regulations before dropping a line to avoid being fined.
“The minimum size limit for barramundi on the east coast and Gulf of Carpentaria is 58 centimetres, the maximum size limit is 120 centimetres and the possession limit is five fish per person,” Mr Loader said.
“For those fishing in some of Queensland’s stocked freshwaters, one barramundi may be taken if it is greater than 120 centimetres.”
The list of stocked freshwater locations are online at daf.qld.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/rules-regulations/closed-seasons-fresh-waters.
Closed seasons have been in place for barramundi since October 7 in the Gulf of Carpentaria and on the east coast since November 1.
Mr Loader said annual closures applied to barramundi fishing to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fish species.
“The closed seasons which coincide with spawning periods protect barramundi stocks during this vulnerable time in their life cycle,” he said.
“This allows the fish to spawn and replenish to ensure healthy fish stocks for current and future generations of Queenslanders.”
Anyone who suspects illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, can report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.
For information on Queensland’s fishing closed seasons, visit fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free Qld Fishing app.
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