A central Queensland council has taken special steps to deter illegal fishers from taking valuable fish stocks from the Rockhampton barrage.
The Rockhampton Regional Council has installed new security measures at the facility, including loudspeakers, spotlights and video cameras with the ability to zoom in on offenders.
A central Queensland conservation group says there is no way a proposed coal port development south of Rockhampton could be built without damaging the Great Barrier Reef.
The Mitchell Group is due to release the environmental impact statement for its proposed Fitzroy Terminal within the next two months.
The project includes a system to transfer coal from barges onto ships with a capacity to export 22 million tonnes of coal a year.
However, Ginny Gerlach from the Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance, says it will have major consequences on the environment.