Coral reef fish­ing bans come into force

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

CORAL reef fin fish were off lim­its from mid­night Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 1, as part of the first of two an­nual clo­sures that pro­tect th­ese fish dur­ing spawn­ing sea­son. Queens­land Boat­ing and Fish­eries Pa­trol act­ing dis­trict man­ager Ge­off Fer­gus­son said the clo­sures were vi­tal to pro­tect fish at an im­por­tant time in their life cy­cle.

‘‘Closed sea­sons are vi­tal to al­low stocks to re­plen­ish to en­sure there are healthy fish stores for cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Queens­land fish­ers,’’ he said. ‘‘This year, the first clo­sure will run from mid­night Oc­to­ber 1 to mid­night Oc­to­ber 6 and the sec­ond from mid­night Oc­to­ber 30 to mid­night Novem­ber 4. ‘‘Coral reef fin fish in­clude cods and groupers, em­per­ors, par­rot­fishes, sweet­lips, wrasses, coral trout, fusiliers, sur­geon­fishes, trop­i­cal snap­pers and seaperches.’’ A guide is avail­able online at www.fish­eries.qld.gov.au to help fish­ers iden­tify fish.

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