Fishing vessel runs aground near Lady Elliot Island

MARITIME Safety Queensland is investigating after a fishing trawler ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef near Lady Elliot Island at 3.30am on Thursday.

Gladstone Water Police did not attended, but a spokesman said a small diesel leak was caused by the heeling of the vessel.

The trawler, named the Joseph M, was not damaged, and Gladstone Water Police said there was minimal damage to the reef.

It's believed the crew cleaned up the spilled diesel.

The area of the grounding is in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Green Zone.

A spokesman for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said fishing vessels are allowed to travel through Green Zones but are not allowed to fish.

Coincidentally, members of GBRMPA were attending a conference on the island when the accident occurred.

Owners of the trawler arranged for a tug from Bundaberg to refloat the trawler on Thursday afternoon, and MSQ were on standby with safety equipment.



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