Co­ral reef fin fish off the menu

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

CO­RAL reef fin fish will be off lim­its from Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 15, for the sec­ond of two an­nual clo­sures that pro­tect these fish dur­ing spawn­ing sea­son.

Queens­land Boat­ing and Fish­eries Pa­trol dis­trict man­ager Robert Rus­sell said the clo­sure would start im­me­di­ately after mid­night and end im­me­di­ately be­fore mid­night at the end of Novem­ber 19.

“Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber have been found to be the most ef­fec­tive months for clo­sures to pro­tect co­ral reef fin fish,” Mr Rus­sell said.

“The co­ral reef fin fish clo­sure dates are based on moon phases, which is when co­ral trout and many other reef species ag­gre­gate to spawn.

“The clo­sure dates change slightly each year de­pend­ing on the new moon phases.

“The clo­sure pe­riod is vi­tal to al­low­ing stocks to re­plen­ish to en­sure there are healthy fish stocks for cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Queens­land fish­ers.”

Mr Rus­sell said fish­ers caught do­ing the wrong thing dur­ing the co­ral reef fin fish clo­sure risk on-the-spot fines.

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