Barra season comes to a close
ANGLERS are reminded that barramundi will be off limits in Queensland east coast waters from noon November 1, 2013 until noon February 1, 2014.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Coby Walker said the closure was in place to protect barramundi stock during their spawning season when they are most vulnerable.
“The closed season allows stocks to replenish to ensure there are healthy fish populations for current and future generations of Queensland fishers,” he said.
“A barramundi closure also currently applies for the Gulf of Carpentaria until February 1, 2014.”
Mr Walker said barramundi fishing is still permitted in some lakes and dams across the state, including the Peter Faust Dam outside Proserpine.
“Fishers can hook a barra during the closed season by fishing at a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) dam,” he said.
“Size and possession limits still apply to barra taken from these waterways. The minimum size limit is 58cm and the possession limit is one.”
The reef fin fish closure is also in place, from yesterday until midnight November 4.
This closure prevents catching reef fish species while spawning occurs.
For more information on both of the closures, including which species are off-limits visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au.