Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

New Boat Targets Illegal Fishing on Barrier Reef

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

New Boat Targets Illegal Fishing on Barrier Reef

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Lucy Smith

lucy.smith@dailymercury.com.au

A FASTER, smaller and harder to identify patrol vessel will curb illegal recreational fishing on the Great Barrier Reef.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Great Barrier Reef principal ranger David Orgill said the boat, Karamea, launched this week, would ensure fishers were complying with zoning laws in Capricornia.

The Karamea cruises at 24 knots and has a top speed of more than 40 knots.

"It's providing quicker access, it's a tool that allows any non-compliance to be found a lot easier," Mr Orgill said.

"Some of the boats that we do have are slower and larger, so they're more obvious from a distance... This vessel looks like any recreational boat."

The $555,722 vessel, based at Gladstone, was funded by both State and Federal governments and has replaced Bimbie Eungie, which was at the end of its useful life.

The Karamea will patrol the Capricornia region, reaching as far north as the Whitsunday islands. …

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