North Queensland fishers reminded about gear marking rule

The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) has reminded North Queensland fishers of rules around marking their freshwater fishing gear after a spike in infringement notices.

QBFP Magnetic Coast district officer Robert Ibell said fishers heading west to the freshwater of Charters Towers and Burdekin Dam needed to ensure their gear was properly marked, and has the correct sized openings.

“All freshwater traps must have a tag on the trap showing the owner’s surname and address,” Mr Ibell said.

“If a trap is not fixed to something stationary, such as a branch or boat above the surface of the water, it must have a robust (for example, polystyrene or similar) light-coloured float attached that is at least 15cm in all its dimensions and marked with the owner’s surname.”

Mr Ibell said it was imperative that non-target species, such as native turtles, have a means to escape traps.

“Fishers targeting the freshwaters east of the Dividing Range, including Burdekin dam, Burdekin River and Charters Towers weir, with funnel traps and/or round traps must have a rigid opening size between 5cm and 10cm.”

He said fishers were allowed a maximum of four freshwater traps, in any combination, per person. There was no age limit.

To report suspected illegal fishing activity, call the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. For more information on Queensland’s fishing regulations, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores.

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