Barra sea­son comes to a close

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

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.

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