- Climate change
- Coastal ecosystems
- Compliance and Zoning
- Shipping master fined $17,500 for navigating no-go zone
- Great Barrier Reef visitors: report poaching and protect the Reef
- New public moorings protect southern Great Barrier Reef
- Reef crack down nets 54 illegal fishing offences during festive period
- Indigenous rangers offer invaluable support to Reef and sea country
- Yeppoon to Town of 1770: fish in a no-take green zone and risk a $2100 fine
- Failure to pay fine costs recreational fisher $3500 and conviction
- Multi-partner illegal recreational fishing blitz nets Reef poachers
- Training program a win-win for Indigenous rangers and Reef
- Summer compliance blitz: "Fish in a protected zone and you will get caught"
- Repeat offender commercial fisherman cops $10,000 fine
- Night time patrols see illegal recreational fisher hook a $1800 fine
- Illegal recreational fishing fine increased to $2100
- Illegal recreational fishers are catch of the day
- Ramped-up patrols to target illegal fishing hotspots this school holidays
- Gladstone fishing master receives $20,000 fine for repeat illegal fishing offences
- School holiday blitz: Rule-breakers caught, responsible fishers thanked
- New high-speed patrol vessel to target persistent night-time poachers
- Ayr to Mission Beach fishers beware: fish in a no-take green zone and risk a $2100 fine
- Ship master convicted and fined for entering no-go zone
- Fishy business costs Mackay vessel master
- Don't risk a fine this Easter break
- Dory operator cops hefty fine
- Know your plotter — know the zones
- Trawler operator fined for green zone breach
- Illegal recreational fishers caught in the act
- Public urged to report suspected illegal fishing and help protect the Reef
- Coral bleaching
- Statement: Board and crown-of-thorns starfish control
- Reminder: nominate now for Local Marine Advisory Committees
- Vale Joe Baker AO, OBE
- Pledge your support for the Great Barrier Reef
- Investment boost to the Great Barrier Reef
- Saving the Great Barrier Reef through new science partnerships
- Artist invitation for Reconciliation Action Plan
- Central Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?
- Southern Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?
- North Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?
- Far North Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?
- $500 million funding “game changer” for the Great Barrier Reef
- We’re moving: new location in Townsville CBD
- Dive into the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef these school holidays!
- New chairs of local Reef advisory committees welcomed
- Grants boost research into key threats facing the Reef
- Low level coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef
- World class coastal marine researcher appointed to board
- Ocean explorer honoured by reef naming
- Statement on out-of-court settlement with owners of Shen Neng 1
- Statement on Great Barrier Reef condition
- Celebrating GIS Day
- Coral collecting
- Great Barrier Reef managers and industry prepare for summer
- Environmental impact
- Field management
- Reef Guardians
- Students clean-up local beach as Guardians of the Reef
- Students investigate the wonders of North Keppel Island
- Students float new ways to protect the Reef
- Mackay puts heads together for local and global reef initiative
- Cairns school becomes the latest Reef Guardian recruit
- Bowen puts heads together for local and global reef initiative
- All eyes on the Reef for the Queen’s baton relay
- Capricorn coast goes green for the Reef
- Gladstone says no to marine debris
- Yeppoon says no to marine debris
- Rockhampton says no to marine debris
- Ayr students are reef champions
- Mackay students are reef champions
- Whitsunday students are reef champions
- Mackay coral collector is a reef champion
- Bundaberg students are reef champions
- Gladstone students are reef champions
- Capricorn Coast students are reef champions
- Cassowary Coast students are reef champions
- Douglas students are reef champions
- Ingham and Cardwell students are reef champions
- Townsville students are reef champions
- Cairns students are reef champions
- Townsville students are reef champions
- Bowen students are reef champions
- Sea country partnerships
- Species conservation
- Reef recreation strategy as coast population grows
- Plan ahead for visiting the Great Barrier Reef over Easter
- Zoning message working
- Keeping an eye on the Reef's health
- Resort boosts solar power to protect Reef
- Climate action good for Reef and business
- Whitsunday tourism operators cut emissions for Reef
- Cape Tribulation tourism operators cut emissions for Reef
- Expanding eyes on the Reef's health
- Water quality
- Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
- Reef HQ Aquarium goes for gold at national tourism awards
- New wheels for sick turtles
- Reef HQ Aquarium volunteers add million-dollar touch
- Little Leroy makes a big splash on World Turtle Day
- Reef HQ Aquarium residents ready for their close-ups
- Chilly turtles warm to Reef HQ Aquarium
- Follow Phillip’s excellent new adventure
- Little Leroy flippers out into the big wide world
- Crown of thorns starfish
- Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program
- Filming and photography guidelines
Know your plotter — know the zones
Fishers are being encouraged to take time to understand how marine park boundaries are displayed on their GPS chart plotters to ensure they follow the zoning rules.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) field management director Richard Quincey said while free zoning maps were available, many fishers now relied soley on their GPS plotters without properly understanding how zones were displayed.
“Marine Park zone boundaries are GPS coordinate-based along lines of latitude and longitude. On the water, zone boundaries can be identified using navigational aids such as hand-held GPS units and chart plotters.
“You need to know where you are at all times when out on the water. The best way to do this is to use a GPS to keep an eye on where you are, cross check your location with a free zoning map and if you have a GPS chart plotter, know how zones are displayed on your unit.
“GBRMPA supplied zone boundary information to a number of major electronic chart companies and GPS manufacturers to incorporate into their products.
“Fishers must make sure their unit is set to map datum GDA94 or WGS84, which ensures their unit aligns with the datum used for zoning in the Marine Park. If fishers have questions about their plotter displays they should contact the dealer they purchased the unit from.
“Not being able to read your plotter is not an excuse for illegal fishing. Our compliance patrols run day and night. If you’re caught fishing in a green zone you can expect an $1800 infringement notice, or in some cases prosecution in court.”
Even without a GPS, coastal and inshore fishers can still determine their location relative to most zone boundaries.
“Green zones close to the coast are mostly simple shapes and boundaries and have intentionally been lined up with recognisable coastal features such as headlands to assist marine park users,” Mr Quincey said.
“We treat any poaching in marine protected areas as a serious offence — compounded across the whole Marine Park illegal fishing can have significant ecological impacts.
“Marine Park green zones are critical for protecting and conserving the biodiversity of marine ecosystems. They are more important than ever as the Reef ecosystem recovers from the worst coral bleaching event to hit the Marine Park. Doing whatever we can to minimise impacts is critical to allow the ecosystem to recover in the longer term.”
Marine Park users can report suspected illegal fishing and other activities to 1800 380 048 (24 hour) or via GBRMPA's online incident report form.
Free zoning maps are available at bait and tackle shops, visitor information centres, ship chandlers and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol offices. Alternatively, free zoning maps are available from GBRMPA by calling 1800 990 177 or by downloading them from www.gbrmpa.gov.au.
Name: GBRMPA Media
Contact: (07) 4750 0846