A group of Biloela residents showing off a haul of barramundi .
A group of Biloela residents showing off a haul of barramundi . Contributed

Ban over, barras back in business

QUEENSLAND fishers will be hitting the water this weekend as the barramundi season opens from midday Sunday.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Rob Ibell said barramundi had been off limits since late last year.

"Closed seasons are an important measure in sustaining fish stocks for the future," he said.

"The closure coincides with spawning periods and protects barramundi stocks during this vulnerable period of their lifecycle.

"The closed season allows them to spawn and replenish to ensure healthy fish stocks for current and future generations of Queenslanders."

Mr Ibell reminded fishers to check the size and possession limits.

"It's important that fishers refresh their knowledge of the rules to avoid on-the-spot fines," he said.

If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.

Don't engage the person, as this can compromise an investigation.

All information provided to the hotline will be prioritised based on potential fishery risks, accuracy and reliability with an appropriate response formulated.

For more information on Queensland fishing, visit http://www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, 13 25 23 or Qld Fishing app.

Limits

Barramundi

East Coast, Gulf of Carpentaria - 58-120cm, max five fish

Freshwater - 58-120cm (some dams one greater 120cm), max five fish (one in closed season).

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