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Recreational fishing rules and regulations

Size and possession limits - tidal waters

General possession limit

There is a general possession limit of 20 for all species without a prescribed possession limit (excluding some bait species).

Coral reef fin fish Other tidal species

Refer to coral reef fin fish closures.

Coral reef fin fish closures apply. In addition to individual possession limits for each coral reef fin fish species listed, a combined possession limit of 20 in total of all coral reef fin fish applies.

Cods and groupers

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

38cm min

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Barramundi cod

No take

Camouflage grouper

50cm min 70cm max

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Flowery rockcod

50cm min 70cm max

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Greasy rockcod

38cm min 100cm max

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Maori rockcod

45cm min

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Potato rockcod

No take

Queensland groper

No take

Coral trout

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

38cm min

Combined limit of 7 in total of all trout species

Blue spotted coral trout (Chinese footballer)

50cm min 80cm max

Combined limit of 7 in total of all trout species

Emperors

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

25cm min

5 per species

Redthroat emperor (sweetlip emperor)

38cm min

Possession limit of 8

Long nose emperor

38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Spangled emperor

45cm min

Possession limit of 5

Fusiliers

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No limit

Parrotfishes

Species

Size and possession limits

All

25cm min

5 per species

Surgeonfishes

Species

Size and possession limits

All

25cm min

5 per species

Sweetlips

Species

Size and possession limits

All

25cm min

5 per species

Tropical snappers and sea perches

Species

Size and possession limits

All tropical snappers and sea perches (including Moses perch (snapper) (exceptions follow)

25cm min

5 per species

Chinaman fish

No take

Crimson snapper (small mouth nannygai) and
Saddletail snapper (large mouth nannygai)

40cm min

Combined limit of 9 in total of both species

Flame snapper

38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Goldband snapper

38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Green jobfish

38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Hussar

25cm min

Possession limit of 10

Rosy snapper (jobfish) and
Lavendar snapper (jobfish)

38cm min

Combined limit of 8 in total of both species

Paddletail

No take

Red bass

No take

Red emperor

55cm min

Possession limit of 5

Ruby snapper

38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Smalltooth jobfish

38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Miscellaneous jobfish

38cm min

5 per species

Wrasse

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

30cm min

5 per species

Humphead Maori

No take

Tuskfish (all species)

30cm min

Combined limit of 6 in total of all tuskfish species

Australian bass †

Species

Size and possession limits

All

30cm min

Possession limit of 2

Read note 1

Barramundi †

Species

Size and possession limits

All

58cm min 120cm max

Possession limit of 5 per person / 10 per boat (with 2 or more people on board)

Read note 1

Bream

Species

Size and possession limits

Pikey,

Tarwhine and

Yellowfin

25cm min

Combined limit of 30 in total of these species

Bugs ^

Species

Size and possession limits

Moreton Bay (bay lobster)

7.5cm min (across widest part of carapace)

No possession limit

Read note 2

Smooth (Balmain)

10.5cm min (across widest part of carapace)

No possession limit

Read note 2

Cobia (black kingfish)

Species

Size and possession limits

All

75cm min

Possession limit of 2

Cod (estuary)

Species

Size and possession limits

Blackspotted rockcod and

Goldspotted rockcod

38cm min 120cm max

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Crab ^†

Species

Size and possession limits

Blue swimmer

11.5cm min

Possession limit of 20

Read note 2

Mud

15cm min

Possession limit of 7 per person / 14 per boat (with 2 or more people on board)

Read note 2

Spanner

10cm min

Possession limit of 20

Read note 1 and note 2

Three-spot

10cm min

No possession limit

Read note 2

Eels

Species

Size and possession limits

Longfin,

Pacific shortfin (south Pacific) and

Southern shortfin

30cm min

Combined limit of 10 in total of all species

Flathead

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

30cm min

Combined limit of 5 in total of all species (except dusky flathead)

Dusky (mud flathead)

40cm min 75cm max

Possession limit of 5

Garfish

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Green snail

Species

Size and possession limits

All

280g min

No possession limit

Golden snapper (fingermark)

Species

Size and possession limits

All

35cm min

Possession limit of 5

Grass emperor (sweetlip)

Species

Size and possession limits

All

30cm min

Possession limit of 10

Javelin

Species

Size and possession limits

Barred (spotted grunter)(East coast)

40cm min

Possession limit of 10

Barred (spotted grunter)(Gulf of Carpentaria)

40cm min (whole or with head or tail removed) or 26cm min (fillet length)

10 whole fish or 20 fillets

Silver (small spotted grunter)

30cm min

Possession limit of 10

Jewfish

Species

Size and possession limits

Black (East coast)

75cm min

Possession limit of 1 per person / 2 per boat (with 2 or more people on board)

Fish must be kept whole while on a boat.

Note: Will become a no-take species if the total allowable commercial catch is reached – fishery currently open.

Black (Gulf of Carpentaria)

Possession limit of 1 per person / 2 per boat (with 2 or more people on board )

Fish must be kept whole while on a boat.

Note: Will become a no-take species if the total allowable commercial catch is reached – fishery currently open.

Scaly (jewel fish)

45cm min

No possession limit (fish must be kept whole while on a boat)

Luderick

Species

Size and possession limits

All

30cm min

Possession limit of 10

Mackerel

Species

Size and possession limits

Grey

60cm min

Possession limit of 5

Spanish

75cm min

Possession limit of 3 per person / 6 per boat (with 2 or more people on board)

School

50cm min

Possession limit of 10

Shark

50cm min

Possession limit of 10

Spotted

60cm min

Possession limit of 5

Mahi mahi (dolphin fish)

Species

Size and possession limits

All

50cm min

Possession limit of 5

Mangrove jack

Species

Size and possession limits

All

35cm min

Possession limit of 5

Mullet

Species

Size and possession limits

Diamondscale

30cm min

Possession limit of 20

Sea

30cm min

Possession limit of 20

Mullet exceptions (all other mullet except diamondscale, sea and freshwater)

No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Bivalve molluscs and gastropods

Includes pipis, mud whelks and cockles, and excluding oysters.

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

No size limit

Possession limit of 30 except in Moreton Bay where bivalve molluscs and gastropods (excluding pipi) are no take

Clams (family Tridacnidae),

Helmet shells and

Trumpet shells

No take

Oysters ≈

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

No limit

Read note 3

Blacklip pearl oyster

9cm min

No possession limit

Read note 3

Goldlip pearl oyster

13cm min 23cm max

No possession limit

Read note 3

Mulloway

Species

Size and possession limits

All

75cm min

Possession limit of 2 (fish must be kept whole while on a boat)

Pearl perch

Species

Size and possession limits

All

38cm min

Possession limit of 4

Prawns ‡

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No size limit

Possession limit of 10 litres per person / 20 litres per boat (with 2 or more people on board)

Read note 4

Rays

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exception follows)

1.5m max or interdorsal length 60cm max

Possession limit of 1

Guitarfish

1.5m max or interdorsal length 60cm max

Possession limit of 1

Shovelnose ray

1.5m max or interdorsal length 60cm max

Possession limit of 1

Manta ray

No take

Sea cucumber

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

No size limit

Possession limit of 5 per person / 10 per boat (with 2 or more people on board) for waters north of latitude 20° south (near Bowen) and waters east of longitude 142°31’49’’ East

All No take in waters south of latitude 20º south (near Bowen) and waters west of longitude 142º31’49’’ East (Gulf waters)

Black teatfish

No take

White teatfish No take

Sharks

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

1.5m max or interdorsal length 60cm max

Possession limit of 1 per person / 2 per boat (with 2 or more people on board)

Grey reef shark

1.5m max or interdorsal length 60cm max

Possession limit of 1 per person / 2 per boat (with 2 or more people on board)

Whitetip reef shark

1.5m max or interdorsal length 60cm max

Possession limit of 1 per person / 2 per boat (with 2 or more people on board)

White shark

No take

Sand tiger shark No take

Sawfish

No take

Speartooth shark

No take

Hammerhead sharks No take

Snapper

Species

Size and possession limits

All

35cm min

4 per person with no more than 1 over 70cm / 8 per boat with no more than 2 over 70cm (with 2 or more people on board)

Tailor

Species

Size and possession limits

All

35cm min

Possession limit of 20

Teraglin

Species

Size and possession limits

All

38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Threadfin (salmon)

Species

Size and possession limits

King (East coast)

65cm min

Possession limit of 5

King (Gulf of Carpentaria)


60cm min

Possession limit of 5

Blue (East coast)

40cm min

Possession limit of 10

Blue (Gulf of Carpentaria)

40cm min

Possession limit of 20

Trevally (family Carangidae)

Includes but is not limited to trevally and scad/yakka.

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

No size limit

Combined limit of 20 in total for all members of the Carangidae family

Amberjack and

Samsonfish

50cm min

Combined limit of 2 in total of both species

Swallowtail dart

30cm min

Possession limit of 30

Giant queenfish

50cm min

Possession limit of 5

Yellowtail kingfish

60cm min

Possession limit of 2

Trochus

Species

Size and possession limits

All

8cm min 12.5cm max

Possession limit of 50

Tropical rock lobster †^#

Species

Size and possession limits

All (exceptions follow)

No size limit

Combined possession limit of 5 per person / 10 per boat in total of all species (with 2 or more people on board)

Painted crayfish †#^ (Panulirus ornatus)

11.5cm tail min

9cm carapace min

Combined possession limit of 5 per person / 10 per boat in total of all species (with 2 or more people on board)

Read note 1note 2 and note 5

Red Champagne Lobster

7.5 min

Combined possession limit of 5 per person / 10 per boat in total of all species (with 2 or more people on board)

Wahoo

Species

Size and possession limits

All

75cm min

Possession limit of 2

Whiting

Species

Size and possession limits

Sand (summer),

Goldenline and

Northern

23cm min

Combined limit of 30 in total of these whiting species

Trumpeter (winter)

No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Dorab Wolf herring

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No size limit

Possession limit of 10

Worms (including part thereof)

Species

Size and possession limits

Beach worm

No size limit

Possession limit of 30

Cribb Island worms – formerly  known as bloodworms

No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Tidal bait species

Species

Size and possession limits

Southern herring

No size or possession limit

Common hardyhead

No size or possession limit

Australian sardine

No size or possession limit

Australian anchovy

No size or possession limit

Silver biddy

No size or possession limit

Saltwater yabby

No size or possession limit

Soldier crab

No size or possession limit

Non-regulated worms  (e.g. mangrove worm)

No size or possession limit

Mullet   (excluding diamondscale,  sea and freshwater)

No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Cuttlefish or squid  (excluding tiger squid)

No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Smooth-clawed rock crab

No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Yellowtail pike

No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Notes:

  1. A closed season applies to these species.
  2. ^ Female mud crabs and blue swimmer crabs are no take.  Egg-bearing spanner crabs, three-spot crabs, slipper lobsters, tropical rock lobsters and bugs are no take. Tropical rock lobsters with tar spots attached (tar spots and sperm packets) are no take.
  3. It is illegal to take oysters (exluding pearl oysters) from any oyster ground; however, you may consume oysters on the spot where taken in any public oyster reserve or unlicensed oyster grounds.
  4. A person must not possess prawns with the heads or any other part removed, unless the removal is to process the prawns for immediate consumption.
  5. # Recreational fishers must not possess live tropical rock lobsters and must remove the central flap of the tail or puncture the flap with a hole of at least 10 mm in diameter.
  6. Grey nurse sharks, whales, porpoises, dugongs, turtles and dolphins are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

In this guide:

  1. Fishing equipment
  2. Catch limits and closures
  3. Size and possession limits - tidal waters
  4. Size and possession limits - fresh waters

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