Fisheries make dam sure traps are legal

ANGLERS are being urged to label their traps after an increasing number of unmarked traps were seized from the Moogerah and Maroon Dams.

According to Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) officer Coby Walker the marking of apparatus in the area was an ongoing issue.

"Over the past few months, 134 unmarked traps have been seized by QBFP from the dams.

"The seizure of traps could be avoided if fishers ensure the traps are marked and set correctly.

"Anyone who uses a trap must have a tag on the trap showing the owner's surname and address.

Mr Walker said fishers should be mindful of specific size requirements for traps.

"The majority of traps seized are funnel and opera house traps."

He said the seized traps were often used to catch redclaw crayfish and he urged trappers to familiarise themselves with regulations for them.

"In south-east Queensland, redclaw are classed as non-indigenous, so no size or possession limits apply in the region," he said.

"It is an offence to return a redclaw crayfish to the water if caught, to use them as bait or to place them in dams or ponds without the relevant permits.

For further information visit fisheries.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23.



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