All systems are go as barra back on hit list

QUEENSLAND fishers will be hitting the water this weekend as the barramundi season opens from midday on Sunday.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Rob Ibell said barramundi had been off limits to fishers since late last year.

"Closed seasons are an important measure in sustaining fish stocks for the future," he said.

"The closure coincides with spawning periods and protects barramundi stocks during this vulnerable period of their life cycle.

"The closed season allows them to spawn and replenish to ensure healthy fish stocks for current and future generations of Queenslanders."

Mr Ibell reminded fishers to check the size and possession limits that apply.

"It's important that fishers refresh their knowledge of the rules to avoid on-the-spot fines," he said.

If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.

Don't engage the person, as this can compromise an investigation.

All information provided to the hotline will be prioritised based on potential fishery risks, accuracy and reliability with an appropriate response formulated.

For more information on Queensland fishing closures, visit http://www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free "Qld Fishing" app from Apple and Google app stores.

Size and possession limits

Barramundi

East Coast

Size limit: 58-120cm

Possession limit: 5

Gulf of Carpentaria

Size limit: 58-120cm

Possession limit: 5

Freshwater

Size limit: 58-120cm (one greater than 120 cm from some dams)*

Possession limit: 5 (one during closed season for some dams)*

*Different rules apply to the take of barramundi from some lakes and dams. Check the website for the full list.



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