If you are planning a fishing or boating trip to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, you will need to know where you can go and what you can do, as penalties apply if you do not follow zoning rules.
All zones contribute to the protection of the Reef. The level of protection increases from the General Use Zone up to the most restrictive Preservation Zone. Each zone has different rules for the activities that are allowed, the activities that are prohibited and the activities that require a permit.
Zones may also place restrictions on how some activities are conducted.
Special Management Areas manage access or use of a specific area, and are an additional layer on top of zoning.
You should get to know the area you are going to and what you can do there.