Coral reef fishing bans come into force
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.