More anglers being found with undersize fish

FISHERS have been encouraged to refresh their knowledge of cod and grouper size and possession limits following an increase in people being found with undersize fish and no-take species.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Ibell said most cods and groupers carried a minimum size limit of 38cm and a combined possession limit of five in total of all cod and grouper species but a number of species were exceptions to the rule.

"There are seven species of cods and groupers that have different size and possession limits, including three species that are no-take," Mr Ibell said.

The exceptions are the camouflage grouper and flowery rockcod with a 50cm minimum and a 70cm maximum, the greasy rockcod with a 38cm minimum and a 100cm maximum and the maori rockcod with a 45cm minimum.

"Barramundi cod, potato rockcod and Queensland groper are vulnerable to overfishing so are listed as a 'no take' species to give each species the best fighting chance at survival," Mr Ibell said.

"Intentionally catching these fish can put them under stress which can affect their ability to reproduce and, in some cases, may result in their death.

"If caught accidently, they should immediately and carefully be returned to the water unharmed."

He said all fishers - local, interstate or from overseas - have a responsibility to ensure they are fishing within the law.

"Fishing isn't just about putting a line in the water. There's a lot more to it," Mr Ibell said.

"If you are unsure about the identity of a fish or the rules relating to a particular fish species you should always return it to the water.

"Make sure you have the most up-to-date version of the fishing rules and a comprehensive fish identification guide.

"Fishing rules are in place in Queensland for a good reason - to ensure the sustainability of our fisheries for future generations."

For more information on size and possession limits in Queensland, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, phone 132 523, or download Qld Fishing from Google Play or the App Store.