(QldGovSpin) New guides to help identify coral reef fish

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 20/08/2004 - 01:06

A full-colour, easy-to-use 68-page field guide will help anglers and commercial operators to identify Queensland's iconic reef fish species.

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Primary Industries & Fisheries, Henry Palaszczuk
primaryindustries@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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19/08/04

Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Henry Palaszczuk said the Reef Fish Field Guide featured full-colour photographs of the fish listed under the Coral Reef Management Plan.

Mr Palaszczuk said Queensland had an international reputation for its iconic reef fish species and strict rules were in place to protect this valuable resource for current and future generations.

He said the manual would help anglers and commercial operators to comply with this important legislation.

"This guide is not a regulations booklet but an identification manual to help fishers recognise the fish they catch and identify no-take species and other important reef fish," he said.

"They have been grouped into families with similar species placed close together to help the user recognise the differences between them."

Mr Palaszczuk said apart from acting as an identification booklet, the Reef Fish Field Guide also highlighted the vast array of coral reef fish which made Queensland such a sought after fishing destination.

He said commercial operators fishing in the coral reef and Spanish mackerel fisheries had also been sent a copy of the manual printed on waterproof paper.

"The waterproof paper makes the guide more versatile and robust for commercial operators to use in the wheelhouse and on the sorting tray," Mr Palaszczuk said.

Mr Palaszczuk added that DPI&F had recently developed a new 30-second quiz on their Fishweb site to assist anglers.

"The quiz is another quick and entertaining way to learn more about Queensland's recreational fishing rules," he said.

Non-waterproof manuals are available from local Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol offices or the DPI Call Centre on 13 25 23 or test your fishing knowledge on the Fishweb site at www.dpi.qld.gov.au/fishweb

Media contact: Sue Tierney 3239 3007 or 0408 180 152

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