Hook in: Latest information on fishing rules
If you're taking the kids fishing this school holidays, don't forget to check the rules before dropping a line in.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) district manager Rob McDonald said it's important everyone sticks to the rules as they are in place to ensure the sustainability of our fisheries for future generations of Queensland fishers.
"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.
Mr McDonald said QBFP officers would be out and about talking to fishers as part of their education program on fishing and boating rules, and where needed, would enforce regulations throughout the holiday period.
What to remember:
Check your limits: For a complete list of size and possession limits, visit here 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 here
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 (SIP) before fishing at any of the State's 32 stocked impoundments and carry it on them at all times.
For more information on Queensland fishing rules, grab a free copy of the Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide from your local QBFP branch or by calling 13 25 23, download the free 'Qld Fishing' app from Apple and Google app stores, or visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au.
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