Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Rain tipped to boost barra season

By 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

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Farmers across Tasmania wake up to pastures and vegetable paddocks covered in snow

08:30 EST

Rare snowfalls have blanketed the most unlikely parts of Tasmania, with farmers along the north-west coast waking up to white paddocks.

Lake Macquarie school rallies for Dungog woman

06:19 EST

A Lake Macquarie school has rallied together to raise thousands of dollars for a Dungog woman who is trying to get back on her feet after the April super storm.

Tasmanian snow: Two men rescued from snowbound car in central Tasmania; more snowfalls expected

00:44 EST

Two men stranded for nearly 24 hours with their sports car in deep snow at Mount Field, about 75 kilometres north-west of Hobart, have been rescued.