Skin and fillet removal
In relation to coral reef fin fish, a recreational fisher:
- must not possess, on board a boat, a fish other than in any of the following forms - whole, gilled, gutted or filleted
- may possess, on board a boat, a fillet of a fish other than a blue spotted coral trout (Chinese footballer) as long as the length of the fillet is at least 40 cm, and the skin and scales of the fillet are attached to the fillet
- must not return fish to a boat that have been taken ashore from a boat and filleted, unless the length of the fillet is at least 40 cm and skin and scales of the fillet is attached to the fillet
- must not possess a live coral reef fin fish unless the person or fisher intends to immediately return the fish to the sea or to display the fish in an aquarium.
In relation to fin fish (other than coral reef fin fish) a recreational fisher must not:
- remove the skin from a fish on a boat until the fish is brought to shore
- bring a fish ashore and remove its skin and return the fish to the boat
- divide a fish into portions other than in a way that allows an inspector to easily count the number of fish possessed by the fisher
In relation to barred javelin (spotted grunter) taken in the Gulf of Carpentaria, in addition to the above, a recreational fisher must:
- ensure that the whole fish is at least 40 cm in length
- ensure that the fillet is at least 26 cm in length.
For information that may apply to recreational fishers on a commercial fishing tour, please consult fisheries legislation.