Current state and trends

Information about fish stock trends is variable between species. The commercial catch of some species has gone down over recent years and physical habitats are generally well protected by Zoning Plans.

The amount of fisheries product taken from different areas in the Great Barrier Reef varies for each of the major commercial fisheries. Net and pot fisheries are generally undertaken close to the coast whereas trawling and line fishing extend further offshore.

Global fisheries trends influence those of the Great Barrier Reef. As wild-caught fisheries throughout the world continue to be exploited, the economic value of Reef fisheries resources and the pressure to exploit them increases.

  • Free zoning app

    Zoning maps

    If you're heading out on the water, download and use the free zoning app so you know where you can go and what you can do.

  • Important milestone

    40 years anniversary

    We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Visit the Reef

    fish on reef

    Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing animals, plants, and habitats.

  • What you can do

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    Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. Find out what you can do to help protect this great Australian icon.

  • Report marine strandings


    If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)

  • Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

    Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef vulnerability assessment cover image

    A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.