Fishing is a great Whitsunday past time that allows you to spend time with friends on the water and have fun. Some areas of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are protected green zones, meaning it is a 'no take' area with activities such as fishing or collecting marine life not allowed, so it is important that you understand and adopt responsible fishing practices while on your bareboat charter around the islands of the Whitsundays. While you don't need a fishing license, you must be sure of your location within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and understand the rules and regulations for fishing set out for each zone.
Your bareboat briefer will inform you of the Marine Park Zoning during your briefing before your departure. On board each vessel there is a zoning map and
'100 Magic Miles', both clearly marking out which areas are no fishing areas.
Zoning helps to manage and protect the Marine Park for future generations to enjoy. Download a copy of the zoning map for the Whitsundays and how green zones are working to help the sustainability of marine life.
Download the 'Eye on the Reef' app from the iTunes or Google Play app store for free. It gives you access to zoning maps and the ability to contribute your sightings out on the water. It allows you to pinpoint which zone you are in even when out of mobile range and lets you know what the rules are for that area.
For more information, head to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
(Mobile reception is restricted in some areas of the Whitsundays)
If you are keen to drop a line, you are welcome to bring your own fishing gear, or you can hire some from us. Complete your order in the Charter Centre for your booking and it will be delivered to your bareboat with payment due prior to your departure. Bait can be purchased from the Kiosk at Coral Sea Marina.