Fisheries Minister Leanne Donaldson

November 2, 2016

A new edition of the Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide has been released in time for the summer holidays.

Fisheries Minister Leanne Donaldson said on Wednesday the free 2016-17 guide was aimed at the hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders who enjoy recreational fishing and boating.

“The guide is a comprehensive booklet with important updated information about boating and fishing rules and regulations,” the Minister said

“There have been a number of changes to Queensland’s fishing and marine safety laws, and I encourage people to grab a copy of the new edition to ensure they are across the current rules.

“The new guide covers the latest requirements for recreational freshwater fishing permits after the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) was expanded on 1 July 2016.

“It also covers some minor changes for recreational boat owners that came into effect on September 1, 2016.”

The guide also includes information about fish size and possession limits as well as the restrictions that apply to fishing gear in Queensland to protect fish stocks.

“Closed season dates are included so that fishers are aware of which times of the year they are not allowed to take certain species,” Ms Donaldson said.

“To ensure our waterways are as safe as possible for all users, there’s a comprehensive section about boating safety including detailed information about on- board safety equipment and safe navigation of our waterways.

“Marine park zoning is also covered with maps identifying the Great Barrier Reef and Moreton Bay Marine Park zones.”

Copies of the guide will be available at bait and tackle stores and local Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol offices, or can be ordered through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Customer Service Centre on 132-523.

For more information about fishing in Queensland, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from the Apple and Google app stores.


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