Good news from the State Govt Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
The Queensland Government has introduced urgent management changes to protect gastropods and bivalve molluscs in Moreton Bay.
Fishing pressure directed at gastropods and bivalve molluscs in Moreton Bay has increased significantly in recent years resulting in concern about sustainability of key species (mud ark, mud whelks and cockles).
Public consultation on urgent management changes was undertaken in late 2018 given the vulnerability of key species to over-harvesting and limited compliance with current possession limits.
Changes have recently been made to the Fisheries Regulation 2008 to protect these species in Moreton Bay. The following new rules are now in place:
- the take of gastropods and bivalve mollusc, excluding pipis, is prohibited in Moreton Bay;
- shell collecting (i.e. empty shells, no live organisms) is still permitted.
If you require more information contact the Department’s Call Centre on 13 25 23 or visit fisheries.qld.gov.au.
Management and Reform | Fisheries Queensland
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Level 5, Mineral House, 41 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Attached is a copy of the letter to recreational stakeholder groups and a flyer outlining the new management changes…