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Great Sandy Marine Park provisions table

Fisheries, fishing and collecting activities—November 2012
Entry and use provisions General use zone Habitat protection zone Conservation park zone Buffer zone Marine national park zone
Bait netting Yes9 Yes9 Yes9 NoA NoA
Aquaculture Permit Permit Permit NoA NoA
Crabbing Yes9 Yes9 Yes 2,9 NoA NoA
Bait gathering Yes9 Yes9 Yes9 NoA NoA
Line fishing Yes 4,9 Yes 4,9 Yes 5,9 NoA NoA
Limited collecting Yes 3,9 Yes 3,9 Yes 3,9 NoA NoA
Limited spearfishing (snorkel only) Yes9 Yes9 Yes9 NoA NoA
Traditional use of marine resources Yes 6 Yes 6 Yes 6 Yes 6 Yes 6
Trolling Yes 4,9 Yes 4,9 Yes 4,9 Yes 4,7,9 No A
Commercial netting (other than bait netting) Yes9 Yes9 No8,9 NoA NoA
Harvest fishing for aquarium fish, coral and beachworm Permit 1 Permit 1 Permit NoA NoA
Harvest fishing for sea cucumber, trochus, tropical rock lobster Permit 1 Permit 1 No NoA NoA
Trawling Yes9 No No NoA NoA
Other activities
Entry and use provisions General use zone Habitat protection zone Conservation park zone Buffer zone Marine national park zone
Boating, diving, photography Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Research (other than limited impact) Permit Permit Permit Permit Permit
Shipping (other than in a designated shipping area) Yes Permit Permit Permit Permit
Tourism program Permit Permit Permit Permit Permit

This table is to be used as a guide only. Refer to the Marine Parks (Great Sandy) Zoning Plan 2017 for complete regulations.

Notes on entry and use provisions

A. All fishing equipment must be stowed and secured prior to entering a buffer or green zone.

  1. other than accredited harvest fishery
  2. limited to 4 catch devices (e.g. crab pots or dillies) per person
  3. by hand or hand-held implement
  4. maximum of 3 lines/rods per person with a combined total of 6 hooks
  5. limited to 1 line/rod per person and 1 hook/lure per line (except the Great Sandy Designated Area which is as per note 4).
  6. Activities that are not "as of right" in the zone, or that involve the take or protected species require either a permit or a Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement.
  7. pelagic species only
  8. Commercial fishers holding Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry endorsements can continue commercial fishing activities within the Great Sandy Designated Area.
  9. All fishing activities must comply with the restrictions or conditions placed upon them by the Fisheries Act and Regulation.

Note: Permits are required for most other activities not listed above. Designated Areas may provide additional restrictions at some locations. The zoning plan does not affect the operation of s.2.11 of the Native Title Act 1993.

Designated areas

Great Sandy Designated Area

The Great Sandy Designated Area recognises the importance of commercial and recreational fishing by allowing for commercial net, line and beam trawl (in the Mary River only) fishing and recreational fishing at 3 lines/rods per person with a combination of 6 hooks.

Last updated
4 September 2017