Croc sighting in Gladstone Harbour

Issued: 13 February

Members of the Gladstone community are reminded to be Crocwise after a crocodile was reportedly seen swimming in the Gladstone Harbour on February 9, 2020.

A member of the public saw what they believe was a three-metre crocodile swimming in the harbour and reported it to the Department of Environment and Science (DES).

The recent rain may have flushed the animal out of a local creek. DES wildlife officers will continue to monitor the area.

The Gladstone region is known croc country. Boaties and fishers are urged to be Crocwise while using the water, and are asked not to leave any fish scraps at boat ramps.

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

Members of the public are encouraged to report crocodile sightings as soon as possible, by calling 1300 130 372. DES investigates all reports it receives.

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 Gladstone 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 leave food, fish scraps or bait near water, camp site or boat ramp
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in Croc Country
  • Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

Visit Be Crocwise for further information.