Queensland fisheries: Switch Your Fish during snapper and pearl perch closure

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THE annual closure for snapper and pearl perch in Queensland has started and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has launched its "Switch Your Fish" campaign, encouraging anglers to fish for different species.

Twenty-five surface aggregating devices (FADs) and 12 subsurface FADs have been installed across South East Queensland and 3 surface FADs have been installed near Fraser Island.

Mahi mahi (dolphin fish) can be caught year-round at the surface FADs, with locals also reporting catches of amberjack and other species.

DAF says the Switch Your Fish campaign is promoting different fish to recreational fishers and will share tips on catching and cooking species like mahi mahi and cobia. Queensland anglers can also share their photos of catching and cooking different species by tagging them with #SwitchYourFish.

DAF says it's keen to see fishers broaden the range of fish they catch to spread the recreational fishing load across more species and keep fish populations healthy.

For more information: www.qld.gov.au

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