Prawn season: it's not all you can eat at Easter
RECREATIONAL fishers caught breaking prawn possession limits face a $455 on-the-spot fine, government officers are warning.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Brett Depper said prawns were a regulated species in Queensland and possession limits applied.
"Prawns have a maximum possession limit of 10 litres and cannot be possessed without their heads or with any other part removed unless it is for immediate consumption," he said.
"Recreational possession limits for prawns are very fair and aimed at keeping prawn stocks at a healthy and sustainable level.
"Anyone caught disregarding these rules faces a $455 on-the-spot fine."
Mr Depper said recreational fishers should also know the rules about fishing apparatus when deciding how to catch their prawns as well.
To catch prawns, fishers can use a cast net with a drop of no more than 3.7m and a mesh size of no greater than 28mm.
Mr Depper said possession limits served a number of purposes and promoted ethical and responsible behaviour in the fishing community.
"Possession limits ensure catches are equitable among fishers and protect and conserve fish stocks for the future," he said.
Report suspected wrongdoing
- 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 rules, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, phone 132 523 or download the free Qld Fishing app from Apple and Google app stores.