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Using Opera House / Funnel traps in Qld ???
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:24:51 PM »
After some concerning calls & emails that the Courier Mail newspaper has printed an article stating that funnel or opera house traps are no longer permitted in Qld east coast waters, the following is still on the Qld Fisheries (DAFF) website as of today.



Why are there restrictions on fishing gear?

Restrictions to fishing gear protect fish stocks from overfishing.

General conditions

While fishing in fresh water a person must not possess or use at one time more than four canister traps, four collapsible traps, four dillies, four funnel traps or four round traps, or more than four of these traps in any combination.

No age limit applies to fishing in Queensland but children should be of an age where they can be responsible for the use of their own fishing gear. In freshwater areas, fish may only be caught using:
•a fishing line that consists of a hand-held line with or without a pole, reel or rod
•a trap that can be a canister trap, collapsible trap, dilly trap, funnel trap or round trap
•a scoop or dip net (cast nets and bait nets cannot be used)
•a set line.

Marking traps and set lines

Anyone who uses a trap or set line for freshwater fishing must have a tag on the trap or set line showing the owner´s surname and address. If the trap is not fixed to something stationary above the water level while being used, it must have a light coloured float attached.

The float must feature the owner´s first name and surname and be at least 15 cm in each of its dimensions. A two or three-litre milk container may be used as a float. A set line must be attached to a stationary object such as a branch, wooden stake or boat.

Fishing lines

A person must not set a fishing line as a cross-line or use more than six fishing lines or set lines alone or in combination. Only one hook or an artificial fly or lure can be attached to a fishing line. Anyone using a set line must be no more than 200 m from the line.


Scoop or dip nets

A scoop or dip net must not exceed 1 m in any dimension, with a handle no longer than 2.5 m and a mesh size of no more than 25 mm.


Canister traps


A canister trap must be no longer than 60 cm and no more than 50 cm in width, height or diameter. The trap must be open at one end. The width, height or diameter of the trap-measured anywhere along its length-must not be more than the width, height or diameter of the trap´s open end. If the trap does not have a mesh made of rigid material, the size of the mesh must be no more than 25 mm.


Collapsible traps

A collapsible trap must be made of rigid material with one or more collapsible sides.


Dilly nets

A dilly net must have a diameter of no more than 125 cm and a mesh size of no more than 25 mm.

Funnel traps

A funnel trap must be no longer than 70 cm or no more than 50 cm in width or height. It must have no more than four entrances, with each hole measuring no more than 10 cm in any dimension.

The trap entrance must be made of rigid material. If the trap does not have a mesh made of rigid material, the size of the mesh must be no more than 25 mm.





Round traps

In freshwater, round traps must be no longer than 70 cm in diameter or no more than 50 cm in height. Traps must have no more than four entrances; each hole must not have a diameter, height or width measuring more than 10 cm.
 If the trap does not have a mesh made of rigid material, the size of the mesh must be no more than 25 mm.



Examples of prohibited fishing gear
•Floatlines
•All forms of nets except landing nets and scoop or dip nets
•Fish traps
•Drum nets
•Cross-lines
•Spears and spear guns

Source & images: daff.qld.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/rules-regulations/gear-fresh-waters


So, going by the website, nothing has changed in regard to permitted freshwater aparatus since that page was last updated on 13 March 2013.

There are also no recent media releases from DAFF relating to any changes in the use of freshwater gear.
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Re: Using Opera House / Funnel traps in Qld ???
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2014, 07:48:36 PM »
Hi Editor.

I agree with you, it's still legal to use them.

I don't know if you or other members recall something similar about 2 years ago, again through the Courier Mail.

I reckon its the same stunt done by those Greenies acting on behalf of PEW. Some greenie was caught out placing a platypus (whether it was real or pretend one) in an opera house trap then took a photo of it, (trap was dry as a bone), then sent it to the media, yep Courier Mail, about 2 years ago and a TV Channel to say..."Look these traps catch platypus, they need to be banned"

That mongrel who was caught out doing that was never punished by law, never received a fine or any penalty to my knowledge.

Probably same mob trying to pull the same stunt again thinking people would not remember what they did last time

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Re: Using Opera House / Funnel traps in Qld ???
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2014, 10:02:49 AM »
Ok, so I've spoken with appropriate people and am advised that changes regarding apparatus in non tidal waters in Qld are coming in early 2015.

Funnel traps will be permitted in most lakes but with restrictions on the entrances and dimensions of the traps, in all other waters east of the mountains will have restrictions on the use of funnel traps that don't have a top opening to allow by catch to escape.

There are also changes coming to the type of floats that can be used; bye bye milk bottles and  use of set or unattended fishing lines and how the word "attended" may be defined.

I believe the changes are mostly positive, and may help stop the lazy anglers from leaving pots and fishing lines behind to indiscriminately kill other wildlife. The alternative could well have been total bans so.....

We will make sure we get all of the appropriate information and have it here on Sweetwater in advance of the changes.

In the meantime, my tip is to start switching to pyramid traps now if you plan on going crayfishing.

Stay tuned for more info.

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Re: Using Opera House / Funnel traps in Qld ???
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2014, 01:07:32 AM »
We recieved some information today from DAFF. See the topic at the link below

http://www.sweetwaterfishing.com.au/Forum/index.php?topic=7087.0
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