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Boat and fish with care

Graham Hemson © Queensland Government

Boat and fish with care

Boat and fish with care

It’s essential to be safe while boating and fishing and you also need to know where you can go and what rules apply. These rules, together with responsible practices, will keep you (and the environment) safe while you’re out on the water.

On the water

Rules you need to know

Take care

  • Always be crocwise in croc country.
  • Help protect our parks by ensuring you don’t carry plant seeds, soil or pests in footwear, clothing, boats, vehicles and gear.
  • Share the water—know how to manoeuvre vessels around whales and dolphins.
  • Go slow for those below—watch out for wildlife such as turtles and dugongs, especially over shallow seagrass areas.
  • Stay away from nesting seabirds. If disturbed, adult birds can abandon their nests, leaving eggs and chicks vulnerable to heat, cold and predation.

Report problems

Mooring and anchoring

  • Use moorings, where they’re available, to minimise damage to coral and seagrass beds.
    • Public moorings are blue, double-cone buoys with a colour-coded band. The band colour specifies conditions of use.
    • Using private moorings requires the owner’s permission.
  • Where moorings are not available, anchor away from coral, sea grass and other fragile marine environments. Follow these guidelines and rules for anchoring.
  • Some reef areas are particularly vulnerable to anchor damage and are marked by reef protection markers—white, pyramid-shaped buoys with blue labels. Anchoring is prohibited within these areas.

Fishing

Want to know more?

Read stay safe and visit with care for important information about staying safe, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.