Media release from DAFF
Aquarium enthusiasts are being urged to take care when collecting or buying fish for their aquarium.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) officer Philippa Newton said QBFP have noted an increase in the number of recreational fishers catching illegal fish for their aquariums.
"All regulated fish must comply with size and possession limits regardless of whether they are kept for consumption or to keep in an aquarium," she said.
"Some fish, such as declared noxious fish and no-take species, cannot be taken and kept in aquariums.
"There are restrictions on the types of recreational fishing gear that can be used when collecting fish for aquariums.
"The most popular gear to use is a scoop net, which must not exceed 2m in any dimension, have a handle not longer than 2.5m and a minimum 25mm mesh size.
"It's also important to remember that you cannot collect aquarium fish to sell unless you have the appropriate licence.
"Collecting aquarium fish to sell without the appropriate licence could land you an $1100 on-the-spot fine or a maximum penalty of $110,000."
Ms Newton warned aquarium enthusiasts to also take care when purchasing aquarium fish, especially through online classifieds.
"People need to ensure the fish they purchase for their tank is legal.
"If buying a fish, check if the species is regulated and whether it has a size limit. If a size limit applies, ensure the fish meets the requirements.
"Always request a receipt to assist in identifying the source and legitimate sale of the fish.
"A $220 on-the-spot fine or a maximum penalty of $110,000 applies to people found in possession of an undersize fish."
"If anyone suspects that fish is being sold illegally, for example an undersize fish from Queensland waters or a noxious fish, report it immediately to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.
For more information on size and possession limits or collecting fish for aquariums, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.
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