Rain tipped to boost barra seasonBy Melissa Maddison, Friday February 1, 2013 - 15:02 EDT
Fisheries officers says the recent rainfall along the Queensland coast should lead to a good barramundi season.
The species is off limit from November to February during the breeding season but that ban ends at midday today.
Fisheries patrol officer Rob Ibell says good rain is needed to help the fish move up and down the estuaries.
"At the start of the season prior to the rainy season, they're basically congregating at the mouth of the river system waiting for that rainfall and once the rainfall comes and the waters start moving down the river systems, then the fish will start to move," he said.
"So with that rainfall we've had, it would indicate that it should be a good season."
He says people were generally compliant during the closure.
"There has been a couple of issues regarding the targeting of barramundi during the closure but with some media out there and some education, that's tended to drop off and people are more compliant and understanding why we have to protect these stocks," he said.
© ABC 2013
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