Barramundi Fishery Closure Reminder

3 October 2012, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - Fishers are being reminded that barramundi will be off limits in the Gulf of Carpentaria from noon this Sunday 7 October until 1 February 2013.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Owen Witt said the closure was in place to protect barramundi stock during their vulnerable spawning season.

"During spawning, millions of eggs will be laid, but only a few will survive the natural selection process," he said.

"Barramundi typically aggregate in one area to spawn, making them more vulnerable to predators.

"This behaviour also makes them more vulnerable to fishing pressure, so its important that barramundi are not targeted for catch and release during a closed season as the stress of capture may prevent the fish from spawning."

"These closures allow stocks to replenish to ensure there are healthy fish stores for current and future generations of Queensland anglers," he said.

A barramundi closure will also apply in East Coast waters from midday 1 November until 1 February 2013.