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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    ‘Tis the season for sustainable freshwater fishing

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Friday, December 22, 2017

    ‘Tis the season for sustainable freshwater fishing

    Queensland’s stocked impoundments are one of the best places to catch an iconic fish species this summer.

    Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said many of Queensland’s 63 dams and weirs on the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) were full and ready to be fished.

    “Community-based fish stocking groups have been replenishing fish stocks with the release of freshwater fingerlings during December,” Mr Furner said.

    “This is where you’ll catch an iconic freshwater species including barramundi, gold perch, silver perch, Australian bass, Mary River cod, Murray River cod or saratoga.”

    Minister Furner said fishing at a SIPS impoundment was a sustainable fishing option.

    “You will be helping to sustain native fish stocks, with funds from the sale of permits going back into restocking the dams and weirs,” he said.

    “Most SIPS locations offer great facilities including camping, amenities and supplies, which make them a perfect option for family and friends to get out on the water over the holidays.

    “Purchasing a stocked impoundment permit as a Christmas present can be a great gift idea as it will last the whole year.

    “Enjoy the freshwater fishing experience this summer and don’t forget to keep your SIPS permit with you at all times.”

    A weekly permit costs $10.00, $50.00 for an annual permit and $36.00 for a yearly concession permit, covering all 63 stocked impoundments across Queensland.

    Fishers can purchase a stocked impoundment permit online at, over the phone at 1300 575 359 or at Australia Post outlets and sub-agents.

    Minister Furner urged all fishers to dangle a line responsibly over the holidays to ensure sustainable fish stocks for future generations.

    “Whether you’re fishing in tidal or freshwaters, take the time to familiarise yourself with the different rules and regulations including size and possession limits, how to correctly measure fish, fishing gear restrictions and closed seasons,” he said.

    “Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers will be on the water over summer, talking to fishers about fishing and boating safety rules, and where needed, will enforce regulations.”

    To report suspected illegal fishing activity, call the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.

    For more information on Queensland fishing rules including fish identification and SIPS, visit, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores.

    Follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@FisheriesQld).

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