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- Shipping master fined $17,500 for navigating no-go zone
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- 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
- Cairns fishers warned: Fish in a green zone and risk a $2100 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
- Repeat commercial fishing offenders banned from fishing in the Marine Park
- Fishy business costs Mackay vessel master
- Don't risk a fine this Easter break
- Dory operator cops hefty fine
- Patrols out in force these school holidays
- Know your plotter — know the zones
- Trawler operator fined for green zone breach
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- Recreational fisher pays $4000 for fishing in a green zone
- Public urged to report suspected illegal fishing and help protect the Reef
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- Vale Joe Baker AO, OBE
- Pledge your support for the Great Barrier Reef
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- Indigenous artwork to be enshrined in print
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- Welcoming UNESCO decision
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- New rules to better protect and enable access to the Whitsundays
- Dr Evelyn Scott AO
- Release of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority governance review
- Australian oceanographer honoured in new reef naming
- Statement - marine fatalities
- First Indigenous council welcomed into Reef Guardian program
- Building the capacity of the world's coral reef managers and leaders
- Start of summer will see all eyes on the Great Barrier Reef
- Top 10 actions to protect the Great Barrier Reef released today
- Statement: release of site assessment report
- 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
- Minke whale and snubfin dolphin expert celebrated with reef naming
- Coral collecting
- Great Barrier Reef managers and industry prepare for summer
- Environmental impact
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- Students float new ways to protect the Reef
- Students investigate Magnetic Island as Guardians of the Reef
- Mackay puts heads together for local and global reef initiative
- Cairns school becomes the latest Reef Guardian recruit
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- Schools win with Reef health initiatives
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- Charters Towers Reef Guardians workshop solutions to Reef threats
- Bundaberg region students work together for the Reef
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- Reef Guardians gather to build resilience for the Reef’s future
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- Cassowary Coast Reef Guardian Schools work together for the Reef
- Reef Guardian Schools work together for the Reef
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- Bowen Reef Guardians gather to build resilience for the Reef’s future
- Hinchinbrook Reef Guardians gather to brainstorm Reef future
- Grants now open for university students studying the Great Barrier Reef
- Gladstone says no to marine debris
- Yeppoon says no to marine debris
- Rockhampton says no to marine debris
- Ayr students are reef champions
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- Townsville students are reef champions
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- Plan ahead for visiting the Great Barrier Reef over Easter
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- Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
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- New wheels for sick turtles
- Reef HQ Aquarium volunteers add million-dollar touch
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- Chilly turtles warm to Reef HQ Aquarium
- Follow Phillip’s excellent new adventure
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- Crown of thorns starfish
- Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program
New tool to show where spearfishing is allowed in the Whitsundays area
Spearfishers visiting the Whitsundays will have a clearer understanding of where they can and can’t spearfish thanks to a new map that combines all the rules.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority general manager Simon Banks said there were special rules for spearfishing in the Whitsundays, one of the Reef’s most highly-visited regions with the greatest concentration of users.
“While these rules have been in place for quite some time and haven’t changed, new material is available to help spearfishers understand where they can and can’t spearfish,” Dr Banks said.
The new flyer was produced by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in response to requests from the community and includes a map that combines all the rules to simply show what areas are open and closed to spearfishing.
Dr Banks said common areas incorrectly targeted by spearfishers included Hayman and North and South Molle Islands. Spearfishing is not permitted at these protected locations.
Spearfishers are also reminded that powerheads, other firearms, lights, scuba and any other underwater breathing apparatus are not permitted when spearfishing on the Great Barrier Reef.
Penalties for not following zoning rules can include a fine of up to $2100.
“While we welcome visitors to this spectacular region, it’s important all Reef users take responsibility to understand what’s allowed and where before they enter the marine parks,” Dr Banks said.
“The Whitsundays particularly needs our combined efforts to support Reef recovery following tropical cyclone Debbie in March this year.
“Steps visitors can take to help protect the Reef include taking only what’s needed; using a public mooring or finding sand instead of anchoring on coral, and avoiding taking plant-eating fish like parrotfish, which remove algae and provide space for new corals to grow.”
Going Spearfishing in the Whitsundays is available from Whitsundays and Mackay region boating, fishing and tackle shops; local Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol offices, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. It can also be downloaded as a PDF.
Name: GBRMPA Media
Contact: (07) 4750 0846
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