Now that the warmer weather has arrived the waterways are getting busier with boaties and fisherman.
Fisheries Queensland is using the month of November to raise awareness of a small cause. Recently there has been an increase of anglers found with undersize fish and no-take species, this has seen many news articles and social media updates reminding and encouraging people to refresh their knowledge of cod and grouper size and possession limits.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Ibell recently spoke about the sizing and negative effects that illegal fishing can cause in our waterways. He says “Barramundi, cod, potato rock cod and Queensland groper are vulnerable to overfishing so are listed as ‘no-take’ species to give each species the best chance at survival”
“Intentionally catching these fish can out them under stress which can affect their ability to reproduce and, in some cases, may result in their death. If caught accidentally, they should immediately and carefully be returned to the water unharmed” Mr Ibell said.
Anyone fishing in Queensland – whether they are local or a visitor to our state has a responsibility to educate themselves and ensure they are fishing within the law.
If you are unsure about the Queensland laws on size and possession limits your best to visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au
It’s also a good idea to make sure your boat is in tip top shape. Motosport has marine service centres located at our Springwood Dealership and our Rising Sun Motosport Dealership in Townsville.
Rising Sun Motosport
35 Bowen Rd
Voice: 07 4759 3253
3475 Pacific Highway
Voice: 07 3297 8200