Make sure of green zone spots
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.