Restricted Species

Some species that live in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are restricted for fishing and collecting purposes. You can only 'take' or 'possess' five specimens of each of the restricted species listed below when in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. To take more you must have a Marine Parks permit providing for this.

Note: 'Take' includes removing, gathering, killing or interfering with, or attempting to take. 'Possess' means to have custody or control of. There may be special arrangements for Traditional Owners.

Scientific Name - Common name/s or examples

  1. Chlorurus microrhinos  -  Steephead parrotfish
  2. Class Ascidiacea (all species)  -  Sea squirts
  3. Class Gastropoda (all species except Cassis cornuta and Charonia tritonis)  -  Snails, whelks, slugs, limpets, cowries including trochus, bailer shell, volutes, murex shells, nudibranchs (except helmet shell and triton shell)
  4. Family Anomalopidae (all species)  -  Flashlightfishes
  5. Family Antennariidae (all species)  -  Anglerfishes and frogfishes
  6. Family Aploactinidae (all species)  -  Velvetfishes
  7. Family Apogonidae (all species)  -  Cardinalfishes and siphonfishes
  8. Family Aulostomidae (all species)  -  Trumpetfishes
  9. Family Balistidae (all species)  -  Triggerfishes
  10. Family Batrachoididae (all species)  -  Toadfishes
  11. Family Blenniidae (all species)  -  Blennies
  12. Family Callionymidae (all species)  -  Dragonets
  13. Family Caracanthidae (all species)  -  Crouchers and orbicular velvetfishes
  14. Family Centriscidae (all species)  -  Razorfishes and shrimpfishes
  15. Family Chaetodontidae (all species)  -  Butterflyfishes
  16. Family Cirrhitidae (all species)  -  Hawkfishes
  17. Family Clinidae (all species)  -  Scaled blennies, armoured blennies and weedfishes
  18. Family Congridae (all species)  -  Conger eels
  19. Family Diodontidae (all species)  -  Porcupinefishes
  20. Family Ephippidae (all species)  -  Batfishes
  21. Family Fistulariidae (all species)  -  Flutemouths
  22. Family Gobiidae (all species)  -  Gobies
  23. Family Holocentridae (all species)  -  Squirrelfishes and soldierfishes
  24. Family Labridae (all species except Choerodon anchorago, C. schoenleini, C. cyanodus, C. cephalotes, C. venustus, Bodianus spp., Cheilinus undulatus, C. fasciatus and C. trilobatus)  -  Wrasses and tuskfishes (except anchor tuskfish, blackspot tuskfish, blue tuskfish, purple tuskfish, Venus tuskfish, pigfish, humphead Maori wrasse, redbreast Maori wrasse and tripletail Maori wrasse)
  25. Family Malacanthidae (all species)  -  Sand tilefishes
  26. Family Microdesmidae (all species)  -  Wormfishes and dartfishes
  27. Family Monacanthidae (all species)  -  Leatherjackets
  28. Family Monocentridae (all species)  -  Pineapplefishes
  29. Family Muraenidae (all species)  -  Moray eels
  30. Family Ophichthidae (all species)  -  Snake eels
  31. Family Ostraciidae (all species)  -  Boxfishes
  32. Family Pegasidae (all species)  -  Seamoths
  33. Family Plesiopidae (all species)  -  Longfins
  34. Family Pomacanthidae (all species)  -  Angelfishes
  35. Family Pomacentridae (all species)  -  Damselfishes
  36. Family Priacanthidae (all species)  -  Bigeyes
  37. Family Pseudochromidae (all species)  -  Dottybacks and eel blennies
  38. Family Scorpaenidae (all species)  -  Firefishes, scorpionfishes, lionfishes
  39. Family Siganidae (all species)  -  Rabbitfish
  40. Family Tetraodontidae (all species)  -  Pufferfishes
  41. Family Tripterygiidae (all species)  -  Triplefins
  42. Family Zanclidae (all species)  -  Moorish idol
  43. Genus Nautilus (all species)  -  Nautilus
  44. Genus Pinctada (all species)  -  Pearl oysters
  45. Phylum Echinodermata (all species except those of the class Holothuroidea)  -  Sea stars, crinoids, brittle stars, sea urchins, but not sea cucumbers
  46. Phylum Porifera (all species)  -  Sponges
  47. Sub families Anthiinae and Grammistinae (all species)  -  Anthias and soapfishes
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