Coral trout fishers fined for green zone breaches

Published: 02/09/2015

Two Cairns commercial coral trout fishers have been fined a total of $10,000 for fishing offences in a green zone in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

A fishing dory operator was fined $8000 in the Cairns Magistrates Court after being detected fishing in a no-take area at Nathan Reef, 48 kilometres east of Innisfail, during a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) helicopter surveillance operation.

The master of the vessel pleaded guilty to being responsible for the activities of the dory, and was fined $2000.

Coral trout is the primary target species of commercial reef line fishing in the Marine Park and is also highly targeted by recreational fishers.

Coral trout living and spawning in no-take areas play an important role in supplying young fish to areas open to fishing.

Green zones make up about a third of the Marine Park and are designed to help protect and conserve the biodiversity of the ecosystem.

GBRMPA coordinates multi-agency patrols with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, Fisheries Queensland and the Queensland Water Police to target suspected illegal commercial fishing activities.

Suspected incidences of illegal fishing can be reported via the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website at

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