Closed seasons (regulated waters) prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons.
Eastern foreshore waters and waters within 400 m out to sea from the eastern shore at low water, between 400 m north of Waddy Point and 400 m south of Indian Head. Closed from midday 1 August to midday 30 September every year. The closure applies to the taking of fin fish only. Fishers can collect worms and pipis by hand in this area during the closure.
A closed season applies to Australian bass throughout Queensland tidal waters from 1 June to 31 August.
Throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February.
Throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria and adjoining waterways west and south of the intersection of longitude 142°09'E with the shore at high tide, a closed season applies to barramundi.
The Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi for is midday 7 October to midday 1 February (but possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October).
It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.
Hervey Bay: From the eastern tip of Point Vernon to the seaward end of the Scarness Jetty to the seaward end of the Urangan Pier to the seaward end of the rock wall of the Urangan Boat Harbour then west to the mainland shore.
Coral reef fin fish closure dates for 2019 to 2023 are:
2019 25 to 29 October & 24 to 28 November
2020 14 to 18 October & 12 to 16 November
2021 3 to 7 October & 2 to 6 November
2022 22 to 26 October & 21 to 25 November
2023 12 to 16 October & 10 to 14 November
Tidal waters within the following boundary are closed waters for coral reef fin fish:
Throughout Queensland a closed season (regulated period) applies to spanner crabs from midnight 20 November to midnight 20 December inclusive.