Ocean Beach fishery season to open in April for commercial fishers

Fraser Island ocean beach fishing

The Ocean Beach fishery season runs from 1 April to 31 August each year and occurs on some ocean beaches from Fraser Island south to the Queensland/ New South Wales border.

Net fishing on these beaches has operated for over 100 years with the main target species being sea mullet. The fishery supplies fresh fillets to local seafood shops, fresh and frozen bait products for fishing and crabbing and the fish eggs (roe) are processed and exported to Europe and Asia. A number of restrictions apply to the fishery including limits on the number of licences, area closures, net type and length as well as minimum legal size limits.

Fisheries Queensland have monitored fishery landings since 1999. Biological monitoring of harvested fish indicates stable length and age information over the last decade. Stocks of sea mullet are assessed every two years and are currently classified as sustainable. The most recent sea mullet stock information can be found at http://fish.gov.au/report/57-Sea-Mullet-2016. A stock assessment for sea mullet is currently underway.

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