Make sure of green zone spots

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

WITH re­cent rough weather likely to ease this week­end, an­glers have been warned that poach­ing from green zones in the Great Bar­rier Reef will face higher penal­ties from July 1, with fines in­creas­ing from $1800 to $2100.

Green zones make up about a third of the Ma­rine Park.

Re­search shows zon­ing – which came into ef­fect in 2004 – has re­sulted in fish breed­ing in the pro­tected ar­eas and mov­ing to un­pro­tected ar­eas.

GBRMPA co­or­di­nates ves­sel pa­trols with Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice, Queens­land Boat­ing and Fish­eries, and the Queens­land Wa­ter Po­lice which tar­get il­le­gal recre­ational and com­mer­cial fish­ing.

GBRMPA Bor­der Com­mand con­ducts aerial sur­veil­lance of the Ma­rine Park and drones are now be­ing tri­alled in com­pli­ance op­er­a­tions.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can dreport sus­pected il­le­gal fish­ing to 1800 380 048 (24 hours) or via an on­line in­ci­dent re­port form at www.gbrmpa.gov.au/ re­port-an-in­ci­dent.

Free zon­ing maps are avail­able at www.gbrmpa.gov.au or at bait and tackle shops, visi­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tres, ship chan­dlers, Queens­land Parks and Wildlife, and Queens­land Boat­ing and Fish­eries of­fices.

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