Fishers warned to obey rules when catching prawns

RECREATIONAL fishers have been warned to under the possession limits before heading out to catch prawns this month.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Brett Depper said prawns were a regulated species in Queensland and possession limits applied.

"Prawns have a maximum possession limit of 10 litres and cannot be possessed without their heads or with any other part removed unless it is for immediate consumption," Mr Depper said.

"Recreational possession limits for prawns are very fair and aimed at keeping prawn stocks at a healthy and sustainable level.

"Anyone caught disregarding these rules faces a $455 on-the-spot fine."

Mr Depper said recreational fishers should also know the rules about fishing apparatus when deciding how to catch their prawns.

To catch prawns, fishers can use a cast net with a drop of no more than 3.7m and a mesh size of no greater than 28mm.

Mr Depper said possession limits served a number of purposes and promoted ethical and responsible behaviour in the fishing community.

"Possession limits ensure catches are equitable among fishers and protect and conserve fish stocks for the future," he said.

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

For more information on Queensland fishing rules, visit, call 13 25 23 or download the free 'Qld Fishing' app from Apple and Google app stores.