GREAT BARRIER REEF
// Outlook Report 2014
5.10 Assessment summary — Commercial and non-commercial use
Section 54(3)(c) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 requires ‘… an assessment of the commercial and non-commercial use…’ of the Great Barrier Reef Region. The assessment is based on two assessment criteria: · economic and social benefits of use
5.10.1 Economic and social benefits of use
· impacts of use on the Region’s values.
Outlook report 2009: Assessment summary Use of the Great Barrier Reef contributes strongly to the regional and national economy and local communities. Its economic value is derived almost exclusively from its natural resources, either through extraction of those resources or through tourism and recreation focused on the natural environment, and would be affected by declines in those resources. Millions of people visit the Great Barrier Reef every year and are very satisfied with their visit. The Great Barrier Reef is valued well beyond its local communities, with strong national and international scientific interest. The Great Barrier Reef is of major importance to Traditional Owner culture. Some users financially contribute to management. Current summary and assessment components Economic and social benefits of use: Use of the Great Barrier Reef continues to contribute to local communities and the national economy. Its economic value has increased over the past five years as has the number of jobs it supports. The number of recreational visits appears to be increasing and declines in tourism visitor numbers until 2011 are now beginning to be reversed. Traditional use helps maintain Traditional Owner connections to their sea country. Some users financially contribute to management. Commercial marine tourism: Tourism continues to make a significant contribution to the presentation, management and economic value of the Great Barrier Reef. Defence activities: Activities in the Great Barrier Reef continue to directly contribute to the training and operations of Australia’s defence services. Fishing: Commercial fishing and aquaculture in and adjacent to the Region generate about $160 million per year. Recreational fishing continues to be one of the most popular pastimes in the Region. Assessment grade and trend Confidence
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Ports: Ports adjacent to the Region support trade for Queensland industries and communities. Their economic contribution is increasing. Recreation (not including fishing): The opportunity to enjoy the Region’s environment continues to be of social value to Queensland residents, other Australians and international visitors. Research and educational activities: A range of academic institutions and government agencies undertake research about the Great Barrier Reef, providing income and employment in regional communities.
Shipping: Shipping through the Region provides a range of social and economic benefits to catchment communities and the nation. Traditional use of marine resources: Traditional use of marine resources continues to provide environmental, social, economic and cultural benefits to Traditional Owners and their sea country.
Trend since 2009
Use of the Region provides significant economic and social benefit, in ways that sustain the fundamental value of the natural resource. The Region is strongly recognised, valued and enjoyed by catchment residents, the nation and the world community.
Use of the Region provides valuable economic and social benefit. The Region is valued by catchment residents, the nation and the world community.
There are few and declining economic and social benefits derived from use of the Region. Many do not recognise the value of the Region and do not enjoy their visit to the Region.