Staff in the Field Management Program work closely with Traditional Owners, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other relevant groups and marine industries to ensure that traditional use of marine resources are managed at sustainable levels. This is achieved through permits and Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements (TUMRA) as well as:
- Contributing to Native Title Tribunal meetings
- Holding working group meetings with Native Title parties in areas of high use such as Raine Island
- Assisting in the training of Traditional Owner's involved in TUMRAs and community-based management plans in reporting strandings, hunting take and compliance.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a strong connection to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and there are currently more than 70 Traditional Owner groups with connections to sea country between Bundaberg and the eastern Torres Straight islands. Traditions and customs like hunting and collecting are of high cultural importance, and the social sharing of food during special events is also significant.
If you're heading out on the water, don't forget your free Zoning Map so you know where you can go and what you can do.
The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. If you're lucky enough to see a humpback whale from May to September, make sure you keep a safe distance.
We're delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park's World Heritage listing.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing plants, animals and habitats. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.
Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. Find out what you can do to help protect this Great Australian icon.
If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL
(1300 264 625)
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.