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Boat and fish with care

Graham Hemson © Queensland Government

Boat and fish with care

Boat and fish with care

What’s not to love about boating and fishing in Queensland’s national and marine parks? While it’s important to be safe while boating and fishing, 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.

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.

On the water

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.



  • Live bait cannot be taken into any national park unless it is an invertebrate (e.g. worms and shrimps) and caught immediately adjacent to the park—see section 124 of the Nature Conservation (Protected Areas Management) Regulations 2006.
  • Hand gathering insects and other invertebrates (except for freshwater spiny crayfish) to use as bait for recreational fishing may be allowed in national parks, subject to certain conditions (see section 62 of the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and section 47 and schedule 6 of the Nature Conservation (Protected Areas Management) Regulations 2006.
  • Imported, raw prawns sold at supermarkets may carry diseases which could then be introduced into Australian waterways. These diseases could have devastating consequences on prawn populations (both farmed and in the wild). Prawns purchased from the supermarket are meant for human consumption only and should not be used as bait. For more information go to the check your bait website.