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
- Chlorurus microrhinos - Steephead parrotfish
- Class Ascidiacea (all species) - Sea squirts
- 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)
- Family Anomalopidae (all species) - Flashlightfishes
- Family Antennariidae (all species) - Anglerfishes and frogfishes
- Family Aploactinidae (all species) - Velvetfishes
- Family Apogonidae (all species) - Cardinalfishes and siphonfishes
- Family Aulostomidae (all species) - Trumpetfishes
- Family Balistidae (all species) - Triggerfishes
- Family Batrachoididae (all species) - Toadfishes
- Family Blenniidae (all species) - Blennies
- Family Callionymidae (all species) - Dragonets
- Family Caracanthidae (all species) - Crouchers and orbicular velvetfishes
- Family Centriscidae (all species) - Razorfishes and shrimpfishes
- Family Chaetodontidae (all species) - Butterflyfishes
- Family Cirrhitidae (all species) - Hawkfishes
- Family Clinidae (all species) - Scaled blennies, armoured blennies and weedfishes
- Family Congridae (all species) - Conger eels
- Family Diodontidae (all species) - Porcupinefishes
- Family Ephippidae (all species) - Batfishes
- Family Fistulariidae (all species) - Flutemouths
- Family Gobiidae (all species) - Gobies
- Family Holocentridae (all species) - Squirrelfishes and soldierfishes
- 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)
- Family Malacanthidae (all species) - Sand tilefishes
- Family Microdesmidae (all species) - Wormfishes and dartfishes
- Family Monacanthidae (all species) - Leatherjackets
- Family Monocentridae (all species) - Pineapplefishes
- Family Muraenidae (all species) - Moray eels
- Family Ophichthidae (all species) - Snake eels
- Family Ostraciidae (all species) - Boxfishes
- Family Pegasidae (all species) - Seamoths
- Family Plesiopidae (all species) - Longfins
- Family Pomacanthidae (all species) - Angelfishes
- Family Pomacentridae (all species) - Damselfishes
- Family Priacanthidae (all species) - Bigeyes
- Family Pseudochromidae (all species) - Dottybacks and eel blennies
- Family Scorpaenidae (all species) - Firefishes, scorpionfishes, lionfishes
- Family Siganidae (all species) - Rabbitfish
- Family Tetraodontidae (all species) - Pufferfishes
- Family Tripterygiidae (all species) - Triplefins
- Family Zanclidae (all species) - Moorish idol
- Genus Nautilus (all species) - Nautilus
- Genus Pinctada (all species) - Pearl oysters
- Phylum Echinodermata (all species except those of the class Holothuroidea) - Sea stars, crinoids, brittle stars, sea urchins, but not sea cucumbers
- Phylum Porifera (all species) - Sponges
- Sub families Anthiinae and Grammistinae (all species) - Anthias and soapfishes
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