Barramundi season to re-open next month

QUEENSLAND'S anglers can get their rods and lines ready for the barramundi season which re-opens from noon on February 1.

The barramundi closed seasons have been in force in the Gulf of Carpentaria since 7 October last year and 1 November for the east coast.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Ibell said the closed seasons were aimed at ensuring the long-term sustainability of the iconic fish species.

"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 allow 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.

"Before dropping a line, 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 with 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 www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free 'Qld Fishing' app from Apple and Google app stores.


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