At a time when the Reef is under increasing pressure, illegal fishing is one of its biggest threats - every act of illegal fishing is impacting the Reef and the livelihoods that depend on it.
The good news is you can do your bit to help protect the Great Barrier Reef the next time you’re out in the World Heritage Area. Even if you're not a regular Reef visitor, there are things you can do to help Protect Your Patch.
While the pandemic continues to present challenges for communities worldwide, Reef authorities are continuing vital work to protect the Great Barrier Reef; particularly in the face of severe and widespread coral bleaching.
A key component of our efforts is in-park surveillance, with on-water and aerial patrols continuing to detect illegal fishing activities that damage the Reef and threaten its ability to recover from external pressures.
As well as running our Reef-wide multi-partner compliance patrols, we have a specific compliance and education campaigns to educate the community about zoning, including how to access free information and how our Zoning Plan is helping to protect the Reef when it needs it the most.
How you can help - become a champion!
Marine Park users
- Know where you're going and what's allowed before you get to the boat ramp
- Download the free Eye on the Reef app (available in App Store or Google Play) and crosscheck it with your zoning map
- Know how to use your GPS plotter and understand how it renders zoning
- Become our eyes and ears by reporting poaching or any suspected illegal activity you see:
24-HOUR HOTLINE: 1800 380 048 (freecall) or via our online incident reporting form. See reporting tips below.
Infographic social post: Shows recreational illegal fishing hotspots and outlines how the community can protect their special patch of the Great Barrier Reef. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations. There are infographics available for:
How Zoning Works social post: Explains how no-take green zones are working to protect the Reef and future fish stocks. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
How to report social post: Explains what details are needed when reporting suspected illegal activity to the free 24-hour hotline. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
Eye on the Reef zoning app social post: This Facebook image highlights the Eye on the Reef app and how it now shows zoning. Get your zoning information, even when you're outside of mobile range - just open the app before you go out. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
What makes the Capricorn Coast so special social post: Highlights some of the reasons the Capricorn Coast is so special and why it needs all of our help to protect it. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
Protect your Patch social media post: Shows information about how to report suspected illegal activity on the Great Barrier Reef and protect your patch. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
Report illegal activity photo: Shows the hotline number and details for how to report suspected illegal activity on the Great Barrier Reef. It can be used on social channels, websites and presentations.
How to Love the Reef poster: This poster has tips and actions that can be taken to protect and love the Great Barrier Reef. Print and display wherever you see fit! JPEG file.
Eye on the Reef app poster: This A4 poster highlights that zoning is available on the Eye on the Reef app. Print and display wherever you see fit! PDF file.
Recreational fishing offences poster: This A3 poster shows the illegal recreational fishing hotspots. Print and display wherever you see fit! There are posters available for:
How Green Zones Work poster: This A3 poster shows how no-take green zones are working to protect the Reef and safeguard the fish stocks of the future. Print and display wherever you see fit! PDF file.
Moorings maps: By using public moorings, you are helping to protect precious coral. Print and display wherever you see fit!
Download a PDF of moorings available in your local area.
24-HOUR HOTLINE: 1800 380 048 (freecall) or via our online incident reporting form.
All reports are taken seriously and will be investigated. All it takes is a few simple steps:
- Who? Vessel identity: Name and registration number of offending vessel
- What? Brief description of activity: If possible and practical, photos can be supplied
- When? Time and date of incident
- Where? Provide the nearest landmark, reef or coordinates
- Why? Poaching from no-take green zones impacts us all. It threatens the health of the Reef.
Science supports compliance
There is strong scientific evidence that protected areas of the Reef contribute significantly to replenishing fish populations on reefs open to fishing.
- Coral trout density is about 50 per cent greater on green-zone reefs and researchers have also documented a larger average size of coral trout in no-take green zones
- More and bigger fish in no-take green zones spill over into areas open to fishing
- A 50 centimetre coral trout can produce more than three times as many eggs as a 35 centimetre coral trout.