You can do your bit to help protect the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park the next time you’re out in the Marine Park.
Although we know that most fishers and marine parks users are doing the right thing, there are some who are poaching from no-take green zones and threatening the health of the Reef.
At a time when the Reef is under increasing pressure; every act of illegal fishing is impacting the Reef.
You can help protect your patch by reporting poaching or any suspected illegal activity you see.
24-HOUR HOTLINE: 1800 380 048 (freecall) or via our online incident reporting form.
Current campaign - Gladstone
As well as running our Reef-wide multi-partner compliance patrols, we have a specific compliance and education campaign in the Gladstone and Capricorn Coast area, with poaching hotspots including Curtis Island, Polmaise, Llewellyn, Hoskyn and Fairfax Reefs, and no-take green zones adjacent to Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot Island.
As well as educating the community about zoning, we are also taking a no-tolerance approach to poaching — fish from a green zone and you will get caught and face a $2100 fine.
How you can help - become a champion!
Marine parks users
Download Gladstone region zoning information (including the Cap Bunker Group) on Zoning Map 17 and Zoning Map 18 or through the Eye on the Reef app (available in App Store or Google Play). You can also get information about zoning and zoning maps from your local bait and tackle shops, visitor information centres, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service or by contacting us on 1800 990 177. This will help to ensure you know the rules and what's allowed so you'll be protecting your special patch.
Spread the word about zoning rules, how zoning is helping to protect the Reef and responsible Reef practices by sharing this information on your social media channels, on your website, in presentations, or displaying posters where you'll know marine parks visitors will see them.
Please note: We'd love you to use this material, but - for Copyright reasons - each graphic needs to be used in its entirety. Also, don’t forget to tag us on social media (@gbrmarinepark), use #LovetheReef, and reference us where possible (www.gbrmpa.gov.au).
Gladstone infographic: Shows recreational illegal fishing hotspots in the Gladstone and Capricorn Coast area, plus outlines how the community can protect their special patch of the Great Barrier Reef. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
How Zoning Works social post: Explains how no-take green zones are working to protect the Reef and future fish stocks. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
How to report social post: Explains what details are needed when reporting suspected illegal activity to the free 24-hour hotline. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
Eye on the Reef zoning app social post: This Facebook image highlights the Eye on the Reef app and how it now shows zoning. Get your zoning information, even when you're outside of mobile range - just open the app before you go out. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
What makes the Capricorn Coast so special social post: Highlights some of the reasons the Capricorn Coast is so special and why it needs all of our help to protect it. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
Protect your Patch social media post: Shows information about how to report suspected illegal activity on the Great Barrier Reef and protect your patch. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
Report illegal activity photo: Shows the hotline number and details for how to report suspected illegal activity on the Great Barrier Reef. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
How to Love the Reef poster: This poster has tips and actions that can be taken to protect and love the Great Barrier Reef. Print and display wherever you see fit! JPEG file.
Eye on the Reef app poster: This A4 poster highlights that zoning is available on the Eye on the Reef app. Print and display wherever you see fit! PDF file.
Recreational fishing offences poster: This A3 poster shows the illegal recreational fishing hotspots in the Capricorn Coast area. Print and display wherever you see fit! PDF file.
How Green Zones Work poster: This A3 poster shows how no-take green zones are working to protect the Reef and safeguard the fish stocks of the future. Print and display wherever you see fit! PDF file.
Capricorn Bunkers moorings map: By using public moorings, you are helping to protect precious coral. Print and display wherever you see fit! PDF file.
All reports are taken seriously and will be investigated. All it takes is a few simple steps:
- Who? Vessel identity: Name and registration number of offending vessel
- What? Brief description of activity: If possible and practical, photos can be supplied
- When? Time and date of incident
- Where? Provide the nearest landmark, reef or coordinates
- Why? Poaching from no-take green zones impacts us all. It threatens the health of the Reef.
Know where you’re going and what’s allowed
Download a zoning map — there is one for each region and it shows each zone with information about what’s allowed, plus fishing definitions, and tips for protecting islands and marine life in the marine parks.
You can also get information about zoning and zoning maps from your local bait and tackle shops, visitor information centres, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service or by contacting us on 1800 990 177.
Cross-check your zoning map with our Eye on the Reef app, which now has zoning. You can find it under 'general information'. Download it before you go out and it will help pinpoint what zone you're in - even outside of mobile range. Download it from App Store or Google Play.
Science supports compliance
There is strong scientific evidence that protected areas of the Reef contribute significantly to replenishing fish populations on reefs open to fishing.
- Coral trout density is about 50 per cent greater on green-zone reefs and researchers have also documented a larger average size of coral trout in no-take green zones
- More and bigger fish in no-take green zones spill over into areas open to fishing
- A 50 centimetre coral trout can produce more than three times as many eggs as a 35 centimetre coral trout.