Coral reef fin fish off the menu
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.