Coral reef fish bans start now

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

CORAL reef fin fish will be off lim­its from mid­night Oc­to­ber 30 to mid­night Novem­ber 4, the sec­ond of two an­nual clo­sures that pro­tect th­ese fish dur­ing the spawn­ing sea­son. Queens­land Boat­ing and Fish­eries Pa­trol (QBFP) dis- trict of­fi­cer Ge­off Fer­gus­son said the clo­sures were vi­tal to pro­tect fish at an im­por­tant time in their life cy­cle.

‘‘The clo­sures co­in­cide with the new moon when key coral reef fish species ag­gre­gate to spawn,’’ he said.

Mr Fer­gus­son said QBFP of­fi­cers will be out pa­trolling Queens­land waters over the spawn­ing sea­son.

‘‘Fish­ers need to re­mem­ber that they should not take and pos­sess coral reef fin fish species dur­ing the clo­sure pe­riod,’’ he said. ‘‘Coral reef fin fish in­clude cods and groupers, em­per­ors, par­rot­fishes, sweet­lips, wrasses, coral trout, fusiliers, sur­geon­fishes, trop­i­cal snap­pers and seaperches.’’ See www.fish­eries.qld.gov.au

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