Commercial and non-commercial use
Figure 5.1 commercial and non-commercial uses
There are a range of uses of the Region; some depend directly on the Reef’s resources.
table 5.1 economic contributions of selected activities dependent on the Great Barrier reef, 2006–07 and 2011–12
In 2011–12, Great Barrier Reef industries directly and indirectly contributed an estimated $5.6 billion to the Australian economy. This is an increase of approximately $200 million since 2006–07, but likely a small decrease in real terms. The value for tourism includes activity in both the Great Barrier Reef and its catchment. Value added refers to the output after deducting the value of inputs. Source: Access
Economics 2008 and 20122,3
activity Tourism Commercial fishing Recreational use (including fishing) total contribution
2006–07 Value added ($million) $5117 $139 $153 $5409
2011–12 Value added ($million) $5176 $160 $244 $5580
All of the Region’s major uses are assessed.
This assessment of commercial and non-commercial use examines the current state and trends of the major uses of the Region and their associated benefits and impacts, with particular focus on changes since the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 20095. The evidence provided in this assessment forms the basis for the assessment of direct use as a factor influencing the Region’s values (see Section 6.6). The uses assessed are: • commercial marine tourism • defence activities • fishing • ports • recreation (not including fishing) • research and educational activities • shipping • traditional use of marine resources.