Closed waters - tidal waters

This page provides information on closed waters in tidal waters. For information on freshwater closures, see Closed waters - freshwater areas .

Why do we have closed waters?

Closed waters (regulated waters) prevent people from fishing in certain areas, and these may be:

  • where a population of endangered or threatened species lives
  • where fish congregate during or before spawning
  • where fish may mass or get trapped near artificial barriers and be susceptible to overfishing
  • to separate incompatible uses, e.g. spearfishing in bathing area.

Waters closed to all forms of fishing

Total fishing prohibitions exist in the following areas:

  • Certain areas within state and Commonwealth marine parks.

  • Barron River: at the place commonly known as Barron Waters, between F#B signs on opposite sides of the river near its junction with Stony Creek and its junction with Camp Oven Creek.

  • Bizant River and German Bar Lagoon: from the road crossing commonly known as German Bar downstream for 2 km.

  • Burnett River: from 400 m upstream to 400 m downstream of the Burnett River Barrage.

  • Centenary Lakes: Saltwater Creek, Lily Creek and lakes joining the creeks, between Greenslopes Street and Collins Avenue, Cairns.

  • Coombabah Lake and tidal waters of Coombabah Creek upstream from the lake.

  • Fitzroy River: from 400 m upstream to 400 m downstream of the Fitzroy River Barrage.

  • Hook Island Observatory: waters within a 100 m radius of the observatory.

  • Keppel Bay: within a 150 m radius of the Middle Island Underwater Observatory.

  • Kolan River: from 400 m upstream to 400 m downstream of the Kolan Barrage.

  • Mary River: from 400 m upstream to 400 m downstream of the Mary River Barrage.

  • Mission Bay: south of a line between Cape Grafton and False Cape and waters flowing into that part of the bay.

  • Orpheus Island: waters under or within 100 m of Yanks Jetty.

  • South Mitchell River (and waterways joining it): between F#B signs near opposite banks of the river and F#B signs where it joins Surprise Creek.

  • Swan Bay and tidal waters of the unnamed creek joining the bay's northern end.

  • Tinana Creek: from 400 m upstream to 400 m downstream of the Tinana Creek Barrage.

  • Torres Strait: waters within the following boundary: from Turtle Head, Hammond Island, to Hammond Rock; to 1 n mile east of Menmuir Point, Hammond Island; to the northern tip of Kapuda Island; to Bruce Point, Hammond Island; along the eastern shore of Hammond Island to Turtle Head.

For precise boundaries consult the Fisheries Regulation 2008 or contact the QBFP. For marine park boundaries contact the Parks and Wildlife Service (EPA) or the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).

Waters closed to taking fish

In Queensland there are a number of areas closed to taking some fish, all fish, or the use of certain fishing apparatus. For more information refer to the fisheries legislation or management plans.


Spear guns and spears must not be used to take fish while using or wearing underwater breathing apparatus other than a snorkel.

Spearfishing for barramundi is prohibited between 6pm and 6am. Spearfishing is prohibited in all fresh waters

Spearfishing is prohibited in the following tidal areas (for precise boundaries consult the Fisheries Regulation 2008):

  • Bargara Beach (Bundaberg): the Basin.

  • Brampton and Carlisle Islands: waters between the islands.

  • Cape Edgecumbe: the foreshores and waters seaward 50 m from low water mark from the boat ramp in Greys Bay around Cape Edgecumbe to the eastern headland of Horseshoe Bay.

  • Cooktown: within 100 m of the main wharf and pontoons.

  • Dungeness and Lucinda Point: within 100 m of the public jetties.

  • Dunk Island: the north-western and western sides.

  • Great Keppel Island: western foreshore waters and waters within 400m out to sea from the island's shore at low water, between Little Peninsula on the island's north-western foreshore and Monkey Point at the island's south-western tip.

  • Hayman Island: the southern and western sides.

  • Hook Island: the eastern, south-eastern and southern sides.

  • Lake Weyba (Noosa River): and waterway adjoining the lake and river downstream of Parkyns Jetty at Tewantin and the western tip of Goat Island.

  • Lindeman Island: the western and southern sides.

  • Long Island: the western side.

  • Maroochy River: waterways joining it downstream of, and including, the Cod Hole.

  • Mooloolah River: downstream of the Nicklin Way Bridge and Brisbane Road.

  • Artificial reef area Moreton Island near Cowan Cowan.

  • South East Queensland: within 100 m of all public jetties in and south of the Noosa River.

  • North Keppel Island: the western and southern sides.

  • Port Dennison: waters under, or within 100 m of, the main wharf at Port Dennison, Bowen, and a structure attached to the wharf.

  • Pumicestone Strait: between a line from Elimbah Creek to Gallagher Point, Bribie Island and a line from Ninghi Creek to Dux Creek, Bribie Island.

  • Pumicestone Strait: north of a line from Bells Creek to the northern tip of the most northern island of a group of islands east of Bells Creek, to the western side of Bribie Island.

  • Richards Island (Bedarra Island): the north-western and northern sides.

  • Seaforth Island.

  • Southern Moreton Bay: Jumpinpin and the Southport Broadwater including the seaway Moreton Bay south of 27º42' S (Logan River).

  • South Molle Island: the northern side.

  • Tallebudgera Creek: upstream of a straight line between the eastern extremity of Burleigh Heads and the seaward end of the rock groyne near its southern bank of the creek end.

  • West Molle Island (Daydream Island): surrounding waters.

  • Woodgate: in the vicinity of the artificial reef, Hervey Bay.

  • Woody Island: in the vicinity of the artificial reef at the northern end of Great Sandy Strait.

Note: For precise boundaries consult the Fisheries Regulation 2008 - some areas are marked by an SFB sign. Other local, state and federal regulations may also apply - check with the relevant authority.

Closed areas to taking gastropods or bivalve molluscs (e.g. pipis and cockles)

Note: Foreshores are defined as the area between the high and low water mark.

Deception Bay: Foreshores between the public ramp at Emerald Avenue, Deception Bay and the seaward end of Reef Point Esplanade, Castlereagh Point, Scarborough, but not including a waterway flowing into the area upstream of a line between its banks.

Nudgee Beach: Bramble Bay foreshores at Nudgee Beach between the eastern bank of the main channel of Nudgee Creek and western bank of the main channel of the Kedron Brook floodway, but not including the foreshores of Nudgee Creek upstream of a straight line between its banks or Kedron Brook floodway upstream of a straight line between its banks.

Wynnum: Foreshores of Moreton Bay and the boat passage, between the south-eastern tip of Fisherman Island and the northern breakwater of the Manly Boat Harbour, but not including foreshores west of the road bridge over the boat passage or upstream of a line between the banks of a waterway.

Bramble Bay: Waters within the following boundary - from the seaward end of the Sandgate Pier to the mainland shore at high water mark; along the foreshore at high water mark to Haughton Highway Bridge; in a straight line to seaward end of Sandgate Pier.

Closed areas to taking Bêche de mer (sea cucumber): Waters south of latitude 20º south (near Bowen) and waters west of longitude 142º31'49'' East (Gulf waters).

Waters closed to netting

Burnett River: Closed to all methods of recreational netting including cast-netting, within the town-reach waters of the Burnett River at Bundaberg. This area also includes the waters of Bundaberg Creek from its junction with the Burnett River, then upstream of the river to a boundary line near the intersection of the most western point of Harriet Island and the banks of the Burnett River.

Water Park Creek: Water Park Creek flowing into Corio Bay and waterways joining it, upstream of the shortest line across the creek at the place known as Kelly´s Landing (approx. 2.6 km from the creek's banks).

Rodds Harbour: Waters within the boundary from the eastern tip of Blackney Point to the eastern tip of Bird Island, to the western bank of Mort Creek, Rodds Peninsula and along the shore to Blackney Point. (A map of this closure will be available on this website from 1 July 2009.)

Hervey Bay: From the eastern tip of Point Vernon to the seaward end of the Scarness Jetty to the seaward end of the Urangan Pier to the seaward end of the rock wall of the Urangan Boat Harbour then west to the mainland shore. (A map of this closure will be available on this website from 1 July 2009)

Collecting bait

Recreational worm digging is banned on the foreshores between Lota Creek and the rock groyne near the northern end of Wynnum North Esplanade for a distance of 100 m from the foreshore rock wall. Between Cedar Street and Charlotte Street the closure extends from the foreshore rock wall to the low water mark.

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Last updated 26 April 2013