QLD fishos get say on crab & fish regulations

FISHOS in Queensland are being encouraged to have their say on the state’s fisheries regulations.

QLD Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace said fishers are being given the opportunity to provide feedback on issues important to them.

“I am very interested in finding out what recreational fishers think about a limited take of female mud crabs,” Wallace said.

“Protection measures have been in place for ‘Jennys’ in Queensland for about 120 years, and while we need to continue to ensure sustainability of female mud crabs, I am interested to know what fishers think about a relaxing of restrictions.

“It has been illegal since the 1890s to take any female mud crabs in Queensland and what we are seeing is an abundance of ‘Jennys’ in Queensland waters.

“Since that time, fishers have only been allowed to catch male muddies so ‘bucks’ rarely grow larger than 15cm before they are caught.

“Fishing experts tell me that once females grow to more than 16 cm, they can no longer breed as they find it difficult to mate with smaller males.

“To restore a bit of balance to Queensland’s mud crab population, I want to know how fishers would feel about allowing a limited take of larger female mud crabs.

“I also regularly get feedback from fishers that some of our regulations can be confusing, such as the various size limits which apply for the take of Cod in Queensland.

“Different bag limits for different species can lead to uncertainty when fishing and I would be interested to hear from fishers how these rules could be simplified,” Wallace concluded.

Queensland fishers can have their say at by 30 November 2011

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