Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Six-Week Ban on Snapper Angers Fishers

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Six-Week Ban on Snapper Angers Fishers

Article excerpt

COAST fishermen are angered by Fisheries Queensland's move to impose a six-week closure on the fishing of snapper, pearl perch and teraglin from Tuesday.

The move was outlined by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries at public meetings in Mooloolaba on Monday and Caloundra last night.

Fisheries Queensland managing director Jim Groves said three independent snapper stock assessments had indicated stocks were at less than 35% of their unfished levels in Queensland.

aIt is internationally recognised that fish stocks at 40% or less of their unfished levels are classed as overfished,a he said.

Mr Groves said the closure from February 15 to March 31 was immediate action to reduce the fishing pressure on snapper, which is one of the most popular species on Queensland's east coast.

The meetings also highlighted four options outlined in a Regulatory Impact Statement to overhaul the rules governing the recreational, charter and commercial fishing of snapper. …

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