Get prepared, it's fishing time

Published: 19/07/2011

Fishers are counting down to the June school holidays so they can cast a line in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and enjoy the beautiful winter weather.

While winter is prime weather for catching whiting, black brim and grunter – the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is reminding those fishers heading out on the water to grab a free zoning map.

GBRMPA Field Management director Mick Bishop said it was important that everyone planning a trip to the Marine Park knows where they are going and what rules apply in each zone.

"It's a great time of year to go fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and we hope fishers take the time to be prepared and get a zoning map," he said.

"The maps are useful to keep on board boats or in tackle boxes and should be checked regularly when out on the water.

“People should be particularly mindful that they can’t fish in Green Zones and there’s limited line fishing in Yellow Zones.

"Using a GPS to determine your position relative to zoning boundaries is also a good tool – they're extremely easy and reliable to use.

“It's important people refresh their knowledge of what they can and can’t do in particular areas, even if they're out on the water regularly.

"Penalties apply for not following zoning rules so it is important people know where they can go and what they can do so they have a great day out on the water."

Fishing and boating tips for the big trip:

  • Have a zoning map and know the zones where you are going and what's allowed there
  • Know any Special Management Area or Plan of Management requirements
  • Know the definition of one hook
  • Know which species are protected and no-take
  • Know Fisheries Queensland bag and size limits and any additional regulations
  • Bring sturdy bags or containers to take rubbish home
  • Know any anchoring or mooring rules and responsible practices
  • Ensure your engine is well maintained, safety gear packed and all in good working order
  • Slow down over seagrass beds and near coral reefs.

You can pick up a free zoning map from bait and tackle shops, visitor information centres, ship chandlers and Department of Environment and Resource Management and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol offices. Alternatively call the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on 1800 990 177 for a free map.

Name: GBRMPA Media
Contact: (07) 4750 0846