Know where to drop a line in the Marine Park

Published: 09/04/2014

Going fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park over the Easter holidays? Then make sure you grab a zoning map so you know where you can wet a line.

The free maps from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) outline the Marine Park zoning rules. Field management director Richard Quincey said sticking to the rules produces a win-win as it protects the Reef’s natural values which in turn looks after and keeps fish stocks flourishing.

“By not fishing in green zones, you’re making sure fish have a chance to get bigger and to breed. This then produces more fish for the future in areas open to fishing,” Mr Quincey said.

“Nearly 70 per cent of the Marine Park is open to recreational fishing, so there’s plenty of fishing opportunities from inshore spots along the coastline to offshore outer reefs. Just plan ahead and be sure of where you can go and what you can do before you head out.

“If zoning rules are followed by the community, fish stocks will continue to benefit long into the future as a result.”

Mr Quincey urged all fishers, including those who go out on the water regularly, to cross-check their locations against their zoning maps and to take note of the map’s activity guide.

“In addition to benefiting fish stocks and the wider ecosystem, the green zones, or no-take zones, are open to anchoring, swimming and snorkelling so people can view and enjoy the Reef,” he said.

In a Conservation Park (Yellow) Zone, fishers are only permitted one rod or line with one hook (except when trolling).

Fishers can pick up zoning maps at bait and tackle shops, visitor information centres, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol offices. Copies can also be obtained by calling GBRMPA on 1800 990 177 or visiting www.gbrmpa.gov.au.

Mr Quincey said GBRMPA had also recently updated rules to help stop misuse of public moorings in high use areas.

“The rules clarify what is regarded as ‘misuse’ such as exceeding time limits, attaching more than one vessel to a public mooring (rafting up), or not following instructions on the mooring,” he said.

“These updated rules help to make sure public moorings are used safely and continue to be available for everyone’s use.”

More information on public moorings is available at www.gbrmpa.gov.au.


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