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Know the rules or net a fine
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:44:03 PM »
Know the rules or net a fine
News release | 07-Apr-2014 - Qld DAFF

Restrictions apply to recreational fishing gear in Queensland freshwaters and fishers are encouraged to brush up on regulations to avoid being tangled.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Gary Muhling said it was important fishers took the time to familiarise themselves with the rules before heading out fishing.

“There are different rules that apply to fishing gear in Queensland, depending on whether you are fishing in tidal or freshwater, particularly around the use of nets,” he said. 

“While most recreational nets can be used in tidal waters, fishers should be aware that these are not legal fishing apparatus in freshwaters.

“Landing nets, scoop or dip nets, and dilly nets are permitted to be used; however all other nets, including cast and seine (bait) nets are illegal.”

Mr Muhling noted an increase in the number of fishers using bait nets in local freshwater fishing spots.

“We have issued a number of on-the-spot fines to people recently for using bait nets in freshwater,” he said. 

“Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse for doing the wrong thing. Fishers need to ensure they know the rules.” 

If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Don’t engage the person, as this can compromise an investigation.

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