Protectors of the Reef: GBRMPA

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

Reef Management

Sailing Great Barrier Reef… The Great Barrier Marine Park Authority’s GOAL is to provide for the long-term protection, ecologically sustainable use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef through the care and development of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

We all need to help

The marine tourism industry, recreational users, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and other government agencies all have a role to play in keeping the Reef ‘GREAT’. The GBRMPA in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA – historically referred to as the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service) have developed management tools and processes to provide a range of tourism and other opportunities throughout the Marine Park, and to minimise the impacts of tourism activities on the marine environment so the diversity, integrity and productivity of the Reef is maintained.

Keeping everyone informed

Consultation on tourism management issues are undertaken at all levels including operators, sector associations and through the peak marine tourism body the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators.

The GBRMPA works closely with community groups, recreational users, Local Marine Advisory Committees (LMACs), and Tourism and Recreation Reef Advisory Committees (TRRAC) on key issues related to tourism and recreation in the Marine Park.

Working with the tourism industry and stakeholders, GBRMPA educates Marine Park visitors by promoting appreciation through interpretation and best practice information.

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The Great Barrier Reef

Snorkelling Great Barrier Reef

Sailing Port Douglas…

Precious
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was established in 1975 and is the world’s largest marine protected area.

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Natural Wonder
It is made up of nearly 2900 individual reefs very close together which include 760 fringing reefs and 300 coral cays.

Low Isles
Sailaway takes you to Low Isles, a network of islands and a coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef where you can sail & snorkel with the turtles.

Marine Wildlife
The fish are nothing short of spectacular. Turtles, eels, reef sharks, clams, sponges, rainbow fish, butterfly fish and sea cucumbers are just a few – snorkelling on the reef creates lifetime memories.