TOTALLY HOOKED: Don’t run gauntlet of fines
AFTER recent events with the collection of female and undersized crabs, it is a good time to talk about size and bag limits and why we have these in place.
A Gold Coast man has been convicted and fined for the illegal possession of both female and undersize mud crabs.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol had been monitoring the suspect for some time before apprehending him.
The offender was charged with a hefty fine by the magistrate which should serve as a timely reminder to all recreational fishes that may engage in unlawful takings and sales of fisheries resources.
There is a black market sale of seafood is a serious issue in Queensland that undermines the sustainability of both fish and shellfish stocks.
Hence, size and bag limits are set in place by Fisheries.
A size limit refers to the minimum and with some species maximum measurement in which legal possession for consumptions is allowed.
A bag limit refers to the maximum total of a species or combined species that one person is allowed to obtain in their possession at one time, this includes the freezer.
These restrictions are set in place to sustain our fishery so that we have healthy stocks for many years to come.
As without these restrictions, species could possibly become wiped out.
This is why we can't stress enough that everyone abides by the rules and regulations to assist in the long-term sustainability of this valued resource.
We are finding the practise of catch-and-release methods of fishing is becoming very popular among many anglers which are a promising sign for the future.
This practice is only going to benefit anglers for the future.
There is nothing wrong with taking a few fish home for the table but we still need to enjoy this valued resource.
But do remember: limit your catch, don't catch your limit - meaning, take enough for a feed.
Most chefs will tell you fish is best enjoyed fresh so this also gives you an excuse to get out there and have another crack.
Check out www.daf.qld.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/rules-regulations for all the info on bag and size limit.
There is also info on closed seasons, freshwater permits and bait collection.
We highly recommend that all anglers take a look at the site to keep up to date on any changes.
Now for all the latest information, log onto www.fishingnoosa.com.au for bar and fishing reports and don't forget to drop into Davo's Tackle world Noosa or Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle at Marcoola to find out where the fish are biting.
And remember: tight lines and bent spines.