Gladstone croc investigation

Issued: 13 Apr 2021

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are investigating a reported crocodile sighting at Ibis Park boat ramp in Gladstone on 12 April 2021.

Wildlife officers conducted a spotlight survey of the area last night and found no sign of the animal. Recent warning signs have been installed and wildlife officers will continue monitoring the area.

Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in Croc Country. Local fishers are reminded to properly dispose of fish scraps and never discard them at boat ramps.

DES is asking members of the public to report crocodile sightings as soon as possible by calling 1300 130 372 or using the Croc Watch App. DES investigates all reports it receives.

Crocodiles that pose a threat to human safety are targeted for removal under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, Gladstone is in Zone E (General Management Zone). This means that crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour are targeted for removal.

Gladstone is known Croc Country and people in the area are reminded to always be Crocwise. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL central Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
  • Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
  • Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
  • Stay well away from croc traps – that includes fishing and boating
  • The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
  • Stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
  • Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
  • Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

Find further information on being Crocwise.