Protect your patch

Decorative graphic that supports the 'Protect your patch' campaign

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 (Free call) or via our online incident reporting form.

Current campaign - Capricorn Coast

We are running a compliance and education campaign in the Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast area, with many offences detected near the Keppel Islands in both green and yellow zones.

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.

  • Download Capricorn Coast zoning information on Zoning Map 17
  • We will soon have some information available to download so you can share and encourage others to do their bit to help the Reef.

Map showing illegal fishing offences in the Whitsundays area

Reporting tips

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.

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.
Research shows:

  • 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.
Decorative graphic that shows how no-take green zones work