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Onboard - Tourism Operator's Handbook for the Great Barrier Reef

Restricted Species

Some species that live in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are restricted for fishing and collecting purposes. You can only 'take' or 'possess' five specimens of each of the restricted species listed below when in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. To take more you must have a Marine Parks permit providing for this.

Note: 'Take' includes removing, gathering, killing or interfering with, or attempting to take. 'Possess' means to have custody or control of. There may be special arrangements for Traditional Owners.

Scientific Name - Common name/s or examples

1    Chlorurus microrhinos  -  Steephead parrotfish
2    Class Ascidiacea (all species)  -  Sea squirts
3    Class Gastropoda (all species except Cassis cornuta and Charonia tritonis)  -  Snails, whelks, slugs, limpets, cowries including trochus, bailer shell, volutes, murex shells, nudibranchs (except helmet shell and triton shell)
4    Family Anomalopidae (all species)  -  Flashlightfishes
5    Family Antennariidae (all species)  -  Anglerfishes and frogfishes
6    Family Aploactinidae (all species)  -  Velvetfishes
7    Family Apogonidae (all species)  -  Cardinalfishes and siphonfishes
8    Family Aulostomidae (all species)  -  Trumpetfishes
9    Family Balistidae (all species)  -  Triggerfishes
10    Family Batrachoididae (all species)  -  Toadfishes
11    Family Blenniidae (all species)  -  Blennies
12    Family Callionymidae (all species)  -  Dragonets
13    Family Caracanthidae (all species)  -  Crouchers and orbicular velvetfishes
14    Family Centriscidae (all species)  -  Razorfishes and shrimpfishes
15    Family Chaetodontidae (all species)  -  Butterflyfishes
16    Family Cirrhitidae (all species)  -  Hawkfishes
17    Family Clinidae (all species)  -  Scaled blennies, armoured blennies and weedfishes
18    Family Congridae (all species)  -  Conger eels
19    Family Diodontidae (all species)  -  Porcupinefishes
20    Family Ephippidae (all species)  -  Batfishes
21    Family Fistulariidae (all species)  -  Flutemouths
22    Family Gobiidae (all species)  -  Gobies
23    Family Holocentridae (all species)  -  Squirrelfishes and soldierfishes
24    Family Labridae (all species except Choerodon anchorago, C. schoenleini, C. cyanodus, C. cephalotes, C. venustus, Bodianus spp., Cheilinus undulatus, C. fasciatus and C. trilobatus)  -  Wrasses and tuskfishes (except anchor tuskfish, blackspot tuskfish, blue tuskfish, purple tuskfish, Venus tuskfish, pigfish, humphead Maori wrasse, redbreast Maori wrasse and tripletail Maori wrasse)
25    Family Malacanthidae (all species)  -  Sand tilefishes
26    Family Microdesmidae (all species)  -  Wormfishes and dartfishes
27    Family Monacanthidae (all species)  -  Leatherjackets
28    Family Monocentridae (all species)  -  Pineapplefishes
29    Family Muraenidae (all species)  -  Moray eels
30    Family Ophichthidae (all species)  -  Snake eels
31    Family Ostraciidae (all species)  -  Boxfishes
32    Family Pegasidae (all species)  -  Seamoths
33    Family Plesiopidae (all species)  -  Longfins
34    Family Pomacanthidae (all species)  -  Angelfishes
35    Family Pomacentridae (all species)  -  Damselfishes
36    Family Priacanthidae (all species)  -  Bigeyes
37    Family Pseudochromidae (all species)  -  Dottybacks and eel blennies
38    Family Scorpaenidae (all species)  -  Firefishes, scorpionfishes, lionfishes
39    Family Siganidae (all species)  -  Rabbitfish
40    Family Tetraodontidae (all species)  -  Pufferfishes
41    Family Tripterygiidae (all species)  -  Triplefins
42    Family Zanclidae (all species)  -  Moorish idol
43    Genus Nautilus (all species)  -  Nautilus
44    Genus Pinctada (all species)  -  Pearl oysters
45    Phylum Echinodermata (all species except those of the class Holothuroidea)  -  Sea stars, crinoids, brittle stars, sea urchins, but not sea cucumbers
46    Phylum Porifera (all species)  -  Sponges
47    Sub families Anthiinae and Grammistinae (all species)  -  Anthias and soapfishes

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