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Have the NT reef closures worked?
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:52 pm    Post subject: Have the NT reef closures worked?

The NT reef closures were introduced in May 2015 to allow stocks of golden snapper and jewfish to recuperate. The closures were quite controversial.

There seems to be no shortage of jewies and snapper about, have the zones worked?

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

I believe the closures have made a difference maybe due to fish moving off as they've grown.

Seem to find them easier now outside of the closed areas.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

Impossible to tell. Increased catches close by could be down to so many other variables. As to increased fish numbers on closed areas, 2 years ago I went through a closed area on my way to a fishing spot and sounded a mark. It was stacked up big time with fish. And that is only 1 year after the closure. There is no way that is due to rejuvenation. If I went back today, the chances of seeing so many fish would be slim. My bet is after 5 years they will remain closed

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:49 am    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

Have to be of some benefit if it Stops, Charter Boats from Cullen Bay flogging the same spots.

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:42 am    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

80 views, two votes = fishos don't know

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

Unsure but I reckon its worked to some degree as numbers seem to be up with plenty of jew and snapper around .

But it could also have something to do with me not being out there as much as in previous years :rofl: :catch:

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

jeffish wrote:
Unsure but I reckon its worked to some degree as numbers seem to be up with plenty of jew and snapper around .

But it could also have something to do with me not being out there as much as in previous years :rofl: :catch:

Or 2 good wets back to back

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

I put some thought into the variables and realise now that I've tried harder to find fish outside of the closed zones since they were introduced instead of just belting right in there. The fish were probably always there in the (my) overlooked areas in the first place.

I think I was the first to vote in the poll but it seems it mightn't have registered so I will vote again. I believe it has made, or has to, make a difference - based on common sense thinking.

The Charter boys have found fish for their customers outside of these areas too, so keeping them closed for a while yet can't be a bad thing so as to sustain a resource for everyone's future, not just for today's ease and greed.

By the way, I was just as disappointed when the no fish zones were introduced.

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:34 am    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

Unsure how effective it is if the pros are allowed in there still as rumoured ????

Good idea on paper......tho.

but pretty limited fisheries resources to actually enforce the rules in that area or anywhere else up here for that matter. Especially if dangling at night like most anglers out there with half an idea chasing bigger goldies or jewies.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

I guess the simplest way to look at it is, given the good reports of golden snapper and jewies, they have worked.

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:24 am    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

Matt Flynn wrote:
I guess the simplest way to look at it is, given the good reports of golden snapper and jewies, they have worked.


Matt the logic you apply is infinitely less simplistic than that used to frame and justify the legislation that the dreamers came up with those few years ago.


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:08 am    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

It only occurred 2015 so any fish born would be small. Some seasons are better than some. The jew of shady are thick as flies and this has nothing to do with closure

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:38 am    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

Jewies grow very quickly, to a metre in three years or so. But snapper grow very slowly.

Noted re Shady. Closed areas might have helped in other ways, providing an area where adult fish can accumulate.

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:55 am    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

If jew grow so quickly. Why are the bags so low??

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:34 am    Post subject: Re: Have the NT reef closures worked?

They aggregate and are residential to an area so they're easy to wipe out.

As for the reef fishing, it'll be years before we really know


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