The State Government has reminded Gold Coasters to follow fishing rules when throwing in a line this summer to help keep our fisheries sustainable for future generations.
Queensland’s Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries The Hon Bill Byrne said all fishers – regardless of whether they are experienced or first timers – should take the time to familiarise themselves with the regulations. And he added that that local Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers will be out on the water making sure fishers obey the rules.
“This includes size and possession limits, how to correctly measure fish, fishing gear restrictions and closed seasons,” said Minister Byrne.
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“Different rules apply to fishing in tidal and fresh waters, marine parks and interstate.”
- Check size and possession limits online at www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or through the Qld Fishing app, which you can download through the Apple Store or Google Play.
- Use measuring devices such as a ruler to to check the length of your fish or a crab gauge to measure your crabs.
- Carry a fish identification guide or download the Qld Fishing app to know what you’ve caught. If you can’t ID it, free it.
- Avoid playing with the fish on the line for too long. Stressed fish become exhausted quickly and have less chance of survival if you need to release it.
- Know what restrictions apply to fishing gear. Check the rules at www.fisheries.qld.gov.au.
- Don’t interfere with a crab trap you didn’t set – it’s illegal. If you do think the trap has been abandoned, report it to Fishwatch on 1800 017 116.
Minister Byrne also reminded fishers to buy a Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) before fishing in any of Queensland’s 63 stocked dams and weirs.
SIPs cost $10.00 for a weekly permit, $50.00 for a yearly permit and $36.00 for a yearly concession permit, covering all 63 dams.