Queensland Fish Size and Possession Limits – Tidal Waters

Recreational fishing rules and regulations Queensland

Size and possession limits – tidal waters

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Cods and groupers

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) 38cm min

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Barramundi cod No take
Camouflage grouper 50cm min 70cm max

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Flowery rockcod 50cm min 70cm max

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Greasy rockcod 38cm min 100cm max

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Maori rockcod 45cm min

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Potato rockcod No take
Queensland groper No take

Coral trout

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) 38cm min

Combined limit of 7 in total of all trout species

Blue spotted coral trout (Chinese footballer) 50cm min 80cm max

Combined limit of 7 in total of all trout species

Emperors

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) 25cm min

5 per species

Redthroat emperor (sweetlip emperor) 38cm min

Possession limit of 8

Long nose emperor 38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Spangled emperor 45cm min

Possession limit of 5

Fusiliers

Species Size and possession limits
All No limit

Parrotfishes

Species Size and possession limits
All 25cm min

5 per species

Surgeonfishes

Species Size and possession limits
All 25cm min

5 per species

 Sweetlips

Species Size and possession limits
All 25cm min

5 per species

Tropical snappers and sea perches

Species Size and possession limits
All tropical snappers and sea perches (including Moses perch (snapper) (exceptions follow) 25cm min

5 per species

Chinaman fish No take
Crimson snapper (small mouth nannygai) and
Saddletail snapper (large mouth nannygai)
40cm min

Combined limit of 9 in total of both species

Flame snapper 38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Goldband snapper 38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Green jobfish 38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Hussar 25cm min

Possession limit of 10

Rosy snapper (jobfish) and
Lavendar snapper (jobfish)
38cm min

Combined limit of 8 in total of both species

Paddletail No take
Red bass No take
Red emperor 55cm min

Possession limit of 5

Ruby snapper 38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Smalltooth jobfish 38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Miscellaneous jobfish 38cm min

5 per species

Wrasse

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) 30cm min

5 per species

Humphead Maori No take
Tuskfish (all species) 30cm min

Combined limit of 6 in total of all tuskfish species

Australian bass †

Species Size and possession limits
All 30cm min

Possession limit of 2

Read note 1

Barramundi †

Species Size and possession limits
All 58cm min 120cm max

Possession limit of 5

Read note 1

Bêche de mer (sea cucumber)

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) No size limit

Possession limit of 5

Black teatfish No take

Bream

Species Size and possession limits
Pikey,

Tarwhine and

Yellowfin

25cm min

Combined limit of 30 in total of these species

Bugs ^

Species Size and possession limits
Moreton Bay (bay lobster) 7.5cm min (across widest part of carapace)

No possession limit

Read note 2

Smooth (Balmain) 10.5cm min (across widest part of carapace)

No possession limit

Read note 2

Cobia (black kingfish)

Species Size and possession limits
All 75cm min

Possession limit of 2

Cod (estuary)

Species Size and possession limits
Blackspotted rockcod and

Goldspotted rockcod

38cm min 120cm max

Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod and grouper species

Crab ^†

Species Size and possession limits
Blue swimmer 11.5cm min

No possession limit

Read note 2

Mud 15cm min

Possession limit of 10

Read note 2

Spanner  10cm min

Possession limit of 20

Read note 1 and note 2

Three-spot 10cm min

No possession limit

Read note 2

Eels

Species Size and possession limits
Longfin,

Pacific shortfin (south Pacific) and

Southern shortfin

30cm min

Combined limit of 10 in total of all species

Flathead

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) 30cm min

Combined limit of 5 in total of all species (except dusky flathead)

Dusky (mud flathead) 40cm min 75cm max

Possession limit of 5

Garfish

Species Size and possession limits
All No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Green snail

Species Size and possession limits
All 280g min

No possession limit

Golden snapper (fingermark)

Species Size and possession limits
All 35cm min

Possession limit of 5

Grass emperor (sweetlip)

Species Size and possession limits
All 30cm min

Possession limit of 10

Javelin

Species Size and possession limits
Barred (spotted grunter)(East coast) 40cm min

Possession limit of 10

Barred (spotted grunter)(Gulf of Carpentaria) 40cm min (whole or with head or tail removed) or 26cm min (fillet length)

10 whole fish or 20 fillets

Silver (small spotted grunter) 30cm min

Possession limit of 10

Jewfish

Species Size and possession limits
Black (East coast) 75cm min

Possession limit of 2

Black (Gulf of Carpentaria) 60cm min

Possession limit of 2

Scaly (jewel fish) 45cm min

No possession limit

Luderick

Species Size and possession limits
All 30cm min

Possession limit of 10

Mackerel

Species Size and possession limits
Grey 60cm min

Possession limit of 5

Spanish 75cm min

Possession limit of 3

School 50cm min

Possession limit of 10

Shark 50cm min

Possession limit of 10

Spotted 60cm min

Possession limit of 5

Mahi mahi (dolphin fish)

Species Size and possession limits
All 50cm min

Possession limit of 5

Mangrove jack

Species Size and possession limits
All 35cm min

Possession limit of 5

Mullet

Species Size and possession limits
Diamondscale 30cm min

Possession limit of 20

Sea 30cm min

Possession limit of 20

Bivalve molluscs and gastropods

Includes pipis, mud whelks and cockles, and excluding oysters.

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Clams (family Tridacnidae),

Helmet shells and

Trumpet shells

No take

Oysters ≈

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) No limit

Read note 3

Blacklip pearl oyster 9cm min

No possession limit

Read note 3

Goldlip pearl oyster 13cm min 23cm max

No possession limit

Read note 3

Mulloway

Species Size and possession limits
All 75cm min

Possession limit of 2

Pearl perch

Species Size and possession limits
All 35cm min

Possession limit of 5

Prawns ‡

Species Size and possession limits
All No size limit

Possession limit of 10 litres

Read note 4

Sharks and rays

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) 1.5m max

Possession limit of 1

Grey nurse sharks No take
Sawfish No take
Speartooth sharks No take
Manta ray No take

Snapper

Species Size and possession limits
All 35cm min

4 with no more than 1 over 70cm

Tailor

Species Size and possession limits
All 35cm min

Possession limit of 20

Teraglin

Species Size and possession limits
All 38cm min

Possession limit of 5

Threadfin (salmon)

Species Size and possession limits
King 60cm min

Possession limit of 5

Blue (East coast) 40cm min

Possession limit of 10

Blue (Gulf of Carpentaria) 40cm min

Possession limit of 20

Trevally (family Carangidae)

Includes but is not limited to trevally and scad/yakka.

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) No size limit

Combined limit of 20 in total for all members of the Carangidae family

Amberjack and

Samsonfish

50cm min

Combined limit of 2 in total of both species

Swallowtail dart 30cm min

Possession limit of 30

Giant queenfish 50cm min

Possession limit of 5

Yellowtail kingfish 60cm min

Possession limit of 2

Trochus

Species Size and possession limits
All 8cm min 12.5cm max

Possession limit of 50

Tropical rock lobster †^#

Species Size and possession limits
All (exceptions follow) No size limit

Above 14° south latitude and in Gulf waters: combined limit of 3 per person/6 per boat in total of all species.

Below 14° south latitude: combined limit of 5 per person/10 per boat in total of all species

Painted crayfish †#^ (Panulirus ornatus) 11.5cm tail min

9cm carapace min

Above 14° south latitude and in Gulf waters: combined limit of 3 per person/6 per boat in total of all species.

Below 14° south latitude: combined limit of 5 per person/10 per boat in total of all species

Read note 1note 2 and note 5

Red Champagne Lobster 7.5 min

Above 14° south latitude: combined limit of 3 per person/6 per boat in total of all species

Below 14° south latitude: combined limit of 5 per person/10 per boat in total of all species

Wahoo

Species Size and possession limits
All 75cm min

Possession limit of 2

Whiting

Species Size and possession limits
Sand (summer),

Goldenline and

Northern

23cm min

Combined limit of 30 in total of these whiting species

Trumpeter (winter) No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Dorab Wolf herring

Species Size and possession limits
All No size limit

Possession limit of 10

Worms (including part thereof)

Species Size and possession limits
Beach No limit

Possession limit of 30

Blood (all worms of the Eunicidae family) No limit

Possession limit of 50

Notes:

  1.  A closed season applies to these species.
  2. ^ Female mud crabs and blue swimmer crabs are no take.  Egg-bearing spanner crabs, three-spot crabs, slipper lobsters, tropical rock lobsters and bugs are no take. Tropical rock lobsters with tar spots attached (tar spots and sperm packets) are no take.
  3.  It is illegal to take oysters from any oyster ground; however, you may consume oysters on the spot where taken in any public oyster reserve or unlicensed oyster grounds.
  4.  A person must not possess prawns with the heads or any other part removed, unless the removal is to process the prawns for immediate consumption.
  5. # Recreational fishers must not possess live tropical rock lobsters and must remove the central flap of the tail or puncture the flap with a hole of at least 10 mm in diameter.
  6. Great white sharks, whales, porpoises, dugongs, turtles and dolphins are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.