Coral reef fish off limits

CORAL reef fish species will be off limits from October 15 to October 19 as the first spawning closure of the new regime comes into effect.

Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland, Tim Mulherin, said the closures were in place to protect fish during peak periods of spawning.

“Coral reef fin fish in particular coral trout are vulnerable at this time in their life cycle as the fish aggregate to spawn around the new moon,” the Minister said.

“The closures span the new moon in the key spawning months October and November.

”Historically, three nine-day closures were in place to protect the stocks. However, the latest research tells us that the fish stocks are healthy allowing for the closures to be dropped down to two five-day periods.”

Mr Mulherin said the changes would alleviate some pressure on industry and allow fishing over Christmas holidays while also continuing to protect fish stocks.

“The change is great news for our commercial fisheries as well as our charter operators and recreational fishers with the summer months being a popular time for casting a line,” he said.

For more information contact 13 25 23 or visit www.deedi.qld.gov.au

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