A fisherman with a murray cod.
A fisherman with a murray cod. Department of Agriculture and Fi

Catch details of new fishing rules at community meetings

DISCUSSIONS about local fishing issues and recent changes to Queensland's freshwater fishing permit system will be held around the Goondiwindi, Texas and Surat regions.

Fishers are invited to attend the information evenings to discuss the changes to fishing rules and regulations.

Queensland Boating and Fishing Patrol district officer Coby Walker said the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme had changed on July 1, 2016.

"It's important fishers are aware of the fishing rules and regulations before they wet a line, to ensure they're doing the right thing and avoid any fines," Mr Walker said.

"A number of other changes to fishing rules also came into effect in 2015, including the banning of set lines, trap marking requirements, restrictions on the use of funnel and round traps, marine baits in fresh waters, new size and possession limits and closed seasons.

"Many of the changes directly affect fishers in the Goondiwindi, Texas and Surat regions, particularly the expanded Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme and the extension of the Murray cod closed season.

"Given the high rates of freshwater fishing in the region, it's important fishers come along to learn about the changes and have any questions or concerns they have answered."

The information evenings are scheduled for:

* September 21 at the Queensland Hotel, Marshall St, Goondiwindi, from 6.30pm.

* September 22 at the Stockman Hotel, High St, Texas, from 6.30pm

* September 25 at The New Royal Hotel, Burrowes St, Surat, from 6pm.

For information on Queensland fishing rules, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or phone 132523.

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