PEOPLE looking to enjoy a spot of spearfishing in Ingham are reminded to familiarise themselves with rules around where they can and can’t spearfish.
The reminder comes after nearly $5,000 in fines were recently issued to people not following recreational fishing rules at Mt Crosby Weir, west of Brisbane.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) district officer Graeme Broughall said fishers needed to know the local fishing rules for their own safety.
“Spearfishing is prohibited under or within 100m each of the public jetties at Dungeness Point and Lucinda Point,” he said.
“We’ve recently seen an increase in the number of reports of illegal spearfishing off the jetties.
“We usually don’t have an issue in this area due to the large number of crocodiles in the water. Fishers need to look out for their own safety.
“Officers conduct regular patrols of these areas and those found spearfishing in closed waters are risking a maximum fine of $300,000.”
Spearfishing is prohibited in a number of other tidal areas and in all fresh waters. Spearfishing for barramundi in all areas is off limits between 6pm and 6am.
“Fishers can view the rules online at 老域名fisheries.qld.gov备案老域名 and can always call one of the local QBFP offices prior to heading out for details on any regulations specific to an area they plan to fish.”
Anyone that suspects or witnesses illegal fishing activity is encouraged to call the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.
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