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Queensland marine worm identification guide

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Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland, (2017) Queensland marine worm identification guide. Manual. State of Queensland.



The marine bait worm fshery is a very important natural resource in Queensland. Many people from diferent parts of the community harvest marine worms for their own recreational fshing, and there are signifcant commercial activities involving the harvest of marine worms. Marine worms are also important food sources for numerous bird and inshore fnfsh species. To ensure sustainability of this fshery, both types of harvest must be regulated and monitored.
To minimise the impact of harvesting on the natural environment, and to maintain stocks into the future, limits are in place. Possession limits are an important part of fishery regulations—they are designed to ensure the sustainability of these marine resources, provide equitable shares to diferent community sectors, and prevent the illegal sale of commercial species.
Efectively identifying the diferent regulated species is integral to managing and enforcing possession limits. Several species of marine worms in Queensland waters
are commonly harvested for bait. All are segmented bristle worms belonging to the class Polychaeta (see the table below). This guide will help harvesters identify these worms and understand current management arrangements.

Item Type:Monograph (Manual)
Business groups:Fisheries Queensland
Additional Information:© State of Queensland, 2017. The Queensland Government supports and encourages the dissemination and exchange of its information. The copyright in this publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Under this licence you are free, without having to seek our permission, to use this publication in accordance with the licence terms. You must keep intact the copyright notice and attribute the State of Queensland as the source of the publication. Note: Some content in this publication may have diferent licence terms as indicated. For more information on this licence, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The Queensland Government shall not be liable for technical or other errors or omissions contained herein. The reader/user accepts all risks and responsibility for losses, damages, costs and other consequences resulting directly or indirectly from using this information.
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery for individual species
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Recreational Fishing (Angling etc)
Live Archive:26 Nov 2019 01:39
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:45

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