IL­LE­GAL FISH­ING

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Ded­i­cated on-wa­ter and ae­rial pa­trols over the Christ­mas break re­sulted in 48 in­ci­dents of il­le­gal recre­ational fish­ing in the Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park. Most of these in­ci­dents oc­curred be­tween De­cem­ber 10, 2016 and Jan­uary 22, 2017 and re­lated to il­le­gal line fish­ing and spearfish­ing in Marine Park re­stricted or no-take zones from the Dain­tree in the north to the Capricorn Bunker reefs off Glad­stone in the south. Re­ports from the pub­lic con­trib­uted to some in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing an in­ci­dent at the WWII Catalina air­craft wreck south-east of Cairns, which is in a highly pro­tected green zone and is fur­ther safe­guarded by a spe­cial man­age­ment area to pre­serve its her­itage val­ues.

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