Check the rules and fish responsibly during Easter
FRASER Coast fishers are being reminded to check the rules and fish responsibly during the Easter break.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Rob McDonald said knowing the rules was important as those caught not following the rules could face a hefty fine.
"Different rules apply to fishing in tidal waters, freshwaters, marine parks and interstate," he said.
"It's important all fishers, regardless of whether they are experienced or first timers, take the time to familiarise themselves with the rules that apply, including size and possession limits, how to correctly measure fish, fishing gear restrictions and closed seasons.
"QBFP officers will be out and about talking to fishers as part of our education program on fishing and boating rules, and where needed, will enforce regulations throughout the holiday period."
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Fishing tips and responsibilities
- Check your limits: For a complete list of size and possession limits, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or download the Qld Fishing app.
- Measuring devices: Use a sturdy ruler with an end stop to measure the length of your fish or a crab gauge to measure your crabs.
- Identify your catch: Always carry a fish identification guide or download the Qld Fishing app. Remember, fish that look similar may in fact be different species with different size and possession limits. If you can't ID it, free it.
- Gently does it: When a fish is hooked, avoid playing it on the line for too long. The stressed fish will become exhausted quickly and have less chance of survival if required to be released.
- Check your gear: A number of restrictions apply to fishing gear in Queensland. Check the rules online at www.fisheries.qld.gov.au
- If it's not yours, don't touch it: Interfering with crab apparatus you didn't set is illegal. If you're concerned apparatus has been abandoned, report it to Fishwatch on 1800 017 116.
Mr McDonald said fishers should also remember to purchase a Stocked Impoundment Permit before fishing at any of the State's 32 stocked impoundments and carry it on them at all times.
"Stocked impoundments are a great, sustainable fishing option, as stocks of fish are replenished regularly," he said.
"Species stocked include barramundi, golden perch, silver perch, Australian bass, Mary River cod, Murray River cod and saratoga.
"SIPs cost $8 for a weekly permit or $40 for a yearly permit and cover all 32 dams on the scheme.
"They are available to purchase online or from small business outlets throughout Queensland."
Anyone who suspected illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, should report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116 but refrain from engaging the person because that could compromise an investigation.
Mr McDonald said all information provided to the hotline would be prioritised based on potential fishery risks, accuracy and reliability with an appropriate response formulated.
For more information on Queensland fishing rules including fish ID, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, phone 132 523 or download the free Qld Fishing app from Apple and Google app stores.