Fisheries officer Geoff Fergusson was happy with the safety gear on Dan Annett’s boat during a check on the Burnett River on Wednesday.
Fisheries officer Geoff Fergusson was happy with the safety gear on Dan Annett’s boat during a check on the Burnett River on Wednesday. ROB BARICH

Patrols get small number of fines

HOLIDAY fishers in the Bundaberg region have been given the big tick of approval by fisheries officers.

Bundy-based Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Geoff Fergusson said patrols had covered everywhere from the Burrum to the Baffle and out to Lake Monduran in the past month and only netted 10 fines.

Of the 118 vessels checked on-water and at boat ramps, four fines were handed out for marine safety gear infringements.

The most common mistake boaties made was having too many people for the number of life jackets on board.

One was caught driving at night without navigation lights.

The remainder of the fines were handed out for keeping undersized fish or fishing without a Stocked Impoundment Permit at Lake Monduran.

Some changes to the regulations and changes to fish names have caused confusion. Particularly with the two species of javelin fish, known as grunter.

Each species carries a separate size limit. Silver javelin (small spotted grunter) has a size limit of 30cm, while barred javelin (spotted grunter) has a 40cm limit.

Fishers were similarly well-behaved when it came to the region’s Marine National Park green zones.

From July 2009 to date, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service patrols of Burkett’s Reef, Hoffman’s and Barolin Rocks have only found one angler in the wrong.

That person was fishing at Barolin Rocks and issued with an official warning.

The green zone at Barolin Rocks starts from the highest astronomical tide mark which means fishing off the rocks is prohibited. A $500 fine applies.



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