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It’s a big spawn so it’s the fin-ish

CORAL reef fin fish are off limits for the second of two annual closures that protect these fish during the spawning season.

"The closed season starts immediately after midnight at the beginning of November 19 and ends immediately before midnight at the end of November 23," Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness said.

"The timing coincides with the new moon when key coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn.

"The closures are in place from the tip of Cape York in the north, to Bundaberg in the south (the southern boundary is at latitude 24º50'S).

"The eastern boundary of the closure is the same as the eastern boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

"Fishers need to remember that they should not take and possess coral reef fin fish species during the closure period.

This included cod and grouper, emperor, parrotfish, sweetlip, wrasses, coral trout, fusiliers, surgeon, tropical snapper and sea perch.

"A reef fish web guide is available online at http://www.fisheries.qld.gov.au to help fishers identify fish listed as coral reef fin fish."

Mr Bowness said QBFP officers would be out patrolling Queensland waters over the spawning season.

"Officers conduct regular patrols and those found doing the wrong thing are risking an on-the-spot fine of $440 and a maximum penalty of $110,000."

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

Gympie Times

Topics:  closures, fishing, outdoor-living




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