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Barra back in business

News release | 09 February, 2011

Fishermen from the Gulf of Carpentaria and right along Queensland´s east coast have reason to celebrate with the barramundi season officially underway.

In the Gulf, the season kicked off at midday on Australia Day, while fishers on the east coast were able to start taking barramundi from midday Tuesday 1 February.

Barramundi is an iconic fish in Queensland and provides for thousands of fishing industry jobs in mainly small regional communities. The season has been closed since November to protect stocks at vulnerable times during their spawning cycle.

Queensland Boating and Fishing Patrol District Officer Karl Roebuck said that anglers should refresh their knowledge of the rules that protect barramundi to avoid heavy on-the-spot fines.

“Different rules apply to barramundi on the east coast, in the Gulf of Carpentaria and in freshwaters,” said Mr Roebuck.

“In the Gulf the minimum size limit is 60 cm, while on the east coast the minimum size is 58 cm. In both locations the maximum size is 120 cm with a bag limit of five.

“However, there are variations to the regulations for barramundi in dams and lakes.”

Along the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February, except in and from waterways upstream of Awoonga, Burdekin Falls, Callide, Eungella, Fairbairn, Fred Haigh (Lake Monduran), Kinchant, Koombooloomba, Lenthalls, Peter Faust, Teemburra, Tinaroo and Wuruma dams.

Mr Roebuck said a take and possession limit of one barramundi applied during the closed season in all of the 13 east coast lakes and dams mentioned above.

“Also, even though a limit of five applies to barramundi during the open season, in these areas that can also include one barra greater than 120 cm,” he said.

“A wet season that brings rain consistently from December produces better fishing than a wet season that dumps it all in one lot late in February or March.

“Barramundi love heat. They bite really well in the build-up when it is warm, and when they are preparing to spawn.

“However, the old adage ´a drought on land is a drought at sea´ still applies and the nutrients, sediment and other matter flushed out by heavy rain events usually means that most forms of fishing will improve in the months ahead.”

For more information on Queensland´s recreational fishing rules and regulations visitwww.dpi.qld.gov.au/fishweb or call 13 25 23.

March 27th, 2011

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