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Responsible Reef Practices - Tip #8 'Fishing' 11:12am, Sat 09 Dec 2017

Cumberland Charter Yachts are dedicated to Eco-tourism, and have been a certified Eco-tourism operator since 2015, promoting sustainable travel that benefits local communities, culture and heritage to minimise impacts on the environment. We believe it is our responsibility to educate all our charter guests on environmental sustainability.

On your charter, you'll enjoy the many different activities and experiences the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday islands offer and it's important to enjoy them in a responsible and environmentally 'reef friendly' way. Cumberland Charter Yachts have written our own Responsible Reef Practice's guide with a copy provided on each charter yacht. Here we'll share with you the many ways that you can help us keep the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays pristine for years to come and enjoy your charter holiday in a sustainable way.

*Be sure to familiarise yourself with the Great Barrer Reef Marine Park Zoning Map to the Whitsundays so that you are aware of the areas you can and cannot fish/spearfish.


Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #1 - Anchoring and Mooring
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #2 - Diving and Snorkelling
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #3 - Waste (including sewage) and Litter
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #4 - Around Turtles
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #5 - Around Whales and Dolphins
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #6 - Visiting Islands and Beaches
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #7 - Bird Watching

Fishing


Fishing is a popular recreational pastime that allows people to spend time on the water with family and friends and to get in touch with the natural world. The Great Barrier Reef offers many exciting and different fishing opportunities.

When Fishing


  • Take only what you need
  • Do not use pest or non-native fish for bait. Never release introduced species into the water
  • Do not fish where fish feeding takes place, for example as part of a tourist program
  • If you're unsure of the fish identity or size, release the fish immediately
  • Return all undersized and unwanted fish quickly to minimise injury
  • If you're keeping the fish, remove it from the hook or net immediately and kill it humanely
  • Do not litter - clean up all fishing gear (such as discarded tackle and line, and bait bags) and take it back to
        shore to dispose of it properly.


  • When Spearfishing


  • Spear only what you need
  • Do not pursue a fish if you are unsure of its identity or size
  • Do not take big fish merely as trophies because these are
        important breeding stock
  • Always track down injured fish, do not let them swim off injured.


  • When Returning Unwanted Fish


  • Minimise the length of time a fish is out of the water - keep fish in the water as much as possible and have
        your equipment close at hand. Very large fish should not be removed from the water


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