Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fisheries Dept Says No to Angler's Barra Ban

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fisheries Dept Says No to Angler's Barra Ban

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

A KEEN Sunshine Coast angler's dream of a Maroochy River stocked full of barramundi is unlikely to be realised.

Former competition angler Danny Brooks plans a petition to seek a three-year moratorium on catching the species in the river system in a bid to encourage a growth in barra numbers.

Mr Brooks, of Maroochydore, has been catching as many as three of the prized Queensland table fish a night while surface-casting lures for mangrove jack.

He said yesterday he was releasing fish up to 85cm long and weighing more than 7kg.

November 1 to February 1 marks a closed season for barra along Queensland's east coast. Anglers can't catch and keep the fish during that time or target them for catch-and-release.

Mr Brooks, who works for Crab and Fish Charters at Mooloolaba, said flooding of the Maroochy River a year ago saw the Barra Fish Farm near Bli Bli lose more than 60% of its stock to the waterway.

He speculates that fish are also entering the river system after migrating down the coastline from normal habitat further north. …

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