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Barramundi off limits
« on: January 04, 2011, 04:00:17 PM »
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Barramundi off limits
News release | 23 December, 2010

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AFTER recent heavy rain some Queensland dams, including Awoonga Dam, are overflowing causing stocked barramundi to spill over into the waterways below.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Officer Steve Platt said although stocked barramundi could still be targeted in some dams during the closed season, the fish were off limits once they had moved into river systems.

"Once over the dam wall, these fish become ´wild´ so fishers are reminded they must adhere to the current barramundi closure which is in place until midday 1 February throughout east coast tidal waters," he said.

"The closure is in place to protect barramundi stocks at a vulnerable time in their life cycle.

"As barramundi gather at specific times to spawn it makes them more vulnerable to fishing. During spawning millions of barramundi eggs will be laid, but only a few will survive."

Mr Platt said deliberately targeting barramundi for catch and release was prohibited during the closures, as the stress of capture could prevent a fish from spawning.

"During spawning times anglers need to be fishing in a way that minimises any potential catch of barramundi.

"Anglers who catch a barramundi during this time need to release it back into the water immediately," Mr Platt said.

"Illegal fishing activities should be reported to the Fishwatch hotline 1800 017 116."

For more information visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.




 

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