Coral reef fish bans start now
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