Fisheries management within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is the responsibility of the Queensland Government through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
The GBRMPA aims to ensure understanding of and compliance with the management regimes in the Great Barrier Reef Region through public information and education programs and the adoption of satellite-based vessel monitoring systems.
The agency is developing ongoing and effective communications with stakeholders associated with fisheries in the entire World Heritage Area.
These stakeholders include:
- commercial fishers
- recreational fishers
- Traditional Owners
- conservation groups
- community groups
- government agencies.
Through collaboration with fisheries management agencies and stakeholders, the GBRMPA seeks to:
- Minimise ecological impact through developing and encouraging the adoption of new technologies to reduce the ecological impact of fishing activities
- Establish a comprehensive system of protected areas that are representative of the complex range of ecological communities found in the Marine Park (Representative Areas Program)
- Ensure adequate monitoring and assessment are undertaken to determine the impacts of fishing activities and the status of harvested stocks, non-target species and the ecosystems on which they depend
- Facilitate and support research designed to map the ecological impact of fishing activities to better inform management
- Ensure that ecologically sustainable fishing activities are managed in a way that is sustainable for the long-term.
If you're heading out on the water, don't forget your free Zoning Map so you know where you can go and what you can do.
The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. If you're lucky enough to see a humpback whale from May to September, make sure you keep a safe distance.
We're delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park's World Heritage listing.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing plants, animals and habitats. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.
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.
If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL
(1300 264 625)
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.