Queensland coral reef fin fish closures

THE Queensland Government has announced the coral reef fin fish closed season dates for the next five years which will provide certainty and long-term planning for fishers.

According to a press release from the office of the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh, setting the dates in advance would assist fishers in their planning.

“Tourism operators and commercial fishers will benefit from being able to plan ahead for their businesses,” Mr McVeigh said.

“Recreational fishing is loved by many Queenslanders and visitors to our Great State and this will allow them to pre-plan their fishing trips.

“This Government is delivering better planning for our fishers and is focused on growing our four pillar economy.”

The closure dates are:


 Closure 1

Closure 2


 21 October to 25 October

 19 November to 23 November 


 10 October to 14 October

 9 November to 13 November


 28 October to 1 November 

 26 November to 30 November


 17 October to 21 October

 15 November to 19 November


 6 October to 10 October

 5 November to 9 November

Mr McVeigh said the closure dates coincided with the new moon when key coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn.

“The dates have been scientifically reviewed, and October and November have been found to be the months of highest effectiveness for closures to protect coral reef fin fish,” he said.

“Closed seasons are vital to allow stocks to replenish to ensure there are healthy fish stocks for current and future generations of Queensland fishers.

“The closures apply to coral reef fin fish only, so fishers can still enjoy fishing for a wide range of other fish during the closure period.”

The closures will be in place from the northern tip of Cape York to Bundaberg in the south (the southern boundary is at latitude 24º50’S). The eastern boundary of the closure is the same as the eastern boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

For more information on closed seasons, click HERE or call 13 25 23. 

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