Fisheries Queensland: Black jewfish fishery closed


THE black jewfish fishery on the East Coast is now closed to commercial and recreational fishing for the remainder of the season. Fisheries Queensland says, the black jewfish fishery is the only fishery in Queensland that will be closed to recreational fishers as a result of commercial catch limits being reached.

Strong penalties will apply to any commercial or recreational fisher found to be taking black jewfish. The East Coast season will reopen on 1 January 2022. The fishery remains open in the Gulf of Carpentaria where recreational possession limits (1 per person) and boat limits (2 per vessel) apply. Fish must be kept whole while on a boat.

Research is currently underway to better understand the sustainability of this species.

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