Fishing terms explained

Line fishing Fishing using not more than three hand-held rods or handlines per person with a combined number of not more than six hooks attached to the line(s).
Limited line fishing [applies in Conservation Park (Yellow) Zones only]
Fishing using not more than one hand-held rod or one handline, with no more than one hook attached to that line. Only 1 Dory detached from a commercial fishing vessel.
Hook


In addition to its ordinary meaning, a hook means:

  • A single-shanked double or treble hook
  • A lure (which is an artificial bait with not more than three hooks attached to it)
  • An artificial fly
  • A jig (for taking squid)
  • A bait jig (a hook or group of hooks consisting of no more than six hooks, each hook being of a size between number 1 and number 12 or their equivalent)
  • A ganged hook set (consisting of no more than six hooks, each which is in contact (by the point of one hook being threaded through the eye of another, or joined by a swivel or wire) with at least one of the other hooks in the set, used to attach one piece of bait intended to catch only one fish.
Stowed or secured

Trawl fishing apparatus is stowed or secured if it is rendered inoperative, and:

(a) All nets are out of the water or the fore ends of the nets are drawn up to the booms
(b) All otter boards are drawn up to the trawl blocks on the booms or are inboard the vessel
(c) All lazy lines are through the blocks
(d) The cod ends are open


Other fishing apparatus is stowed or secured if the fishing apparatus is rendered inoperative, including that the apparatus is inboard the boat and otherwise completely out of the water.

Bait netting (recreational)
Use of a net (cast, scoop or seine) of dimension and mesh size as prescribed by relevant Queensland fisheries legislation for recreational use.
Bait netting (commercial)
Use of a net of dimension and mesh size as prescribed by relevant Queensland fisheries legislation (see the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983).
Netting
Use of a net by a licenced commercial fisher, of the number, dimensions and mesh size as prescribed by relevant Queensland fisheries legislation (see the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983).
Crabbing (trapping)
Using apparatus such as crab pots, collapsible traps or dillies of the number and dimensions described in Queensland fisheries legislation.
Limited crabbing (trapping)
Limited to four (4) catch apparatus per person for example, crab pots or dillies.
Trolling
Fishing by means of a line or lines trailed behind a vessel that is underway (underway means a vessel propelled through the water in a forward direction [whether by engine, sail or human power] and is not adrift)  using not more than three lines per person and up to six hooks combined total per person.
Pelagic species (for trolling in Buffer Zones only)
Pelagic species are trevallies, scads, queenfish, rainbow runner, dolphinfish, black kingfish or cobia, barracudas, sailfishes, marlins, swordfish, mackerels, tunas, bonitos, wahoo, small toothed jobfish and green jobfish.
Limited spearfishing
Means fishing with a spear or speargun not using a powerhead, or a firearm, or a light, or underwater breathing apparatus other than a snorkel.
Limited collecting
The taking of shells, fish, crustaceans or other invertebrates, other than corals of the Classes Anthozoa and Hydrozoa, by hand or hand-held implement and subject to any limitations prescribed in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983. Generally no more than five (5) of any one species can be taken except when collecting bait or oysters for immediate consumption.
Dive-based or harvest fisheries
Fisheries such as the marine aquarium fish and coral collection fisheries that take a variety of fish, soft and hard corals and other invertebrates. They also include species specific fisheries such as commercial sea cucumber, tropical rock lobster and trochus. Species must be taken in accordance with Queensland fisheries legislation and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983. Harvest fisheries also include some bait collection fisheries such as the beachworm fishery.

 




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