How the Reef is managed
- Managing multiple uses
- Marine Monitoring Program
- Eye on the Reef program
- Water quality in the Great Barrier Reef
- Science for management
- Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef
- Recreation on the Great Barrier Reef
- Fisheries in the Marine Park
- Field Management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Managing Commonwealth Islands
- Strategic assessment and 25-year management plan
- Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report
Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan
- Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan
- Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program
- Reef 2050 Plan draft policies - consultation
- Reef 2050 draft policies
- Case studies - Reef 2050 Policy application
- Reef 2050 policy literature review
Threats to the Reef
- Coastal development and protecting the Great Barrier Reef
- Climate change
- How climate change is affecting the Reef
- What does this mean for species?
- Climate change impacts on microscopic organisms
- Climate change impacts on marine plants
- Climate change impacts on corals
- Climate change impacts on fish
- Climate change impacts on marine mammals
- Climate change impacts on marine reptiles
- Climate change impacts on seabirds
- Climate change impacts on seabed dwellers
- What does this mean for habitats?
- What does this mean for communities and industries?
- Adapting management to climate change
- Working with tourism operators
- Working with fishers
- Working with schools
- Declining water quality
- Extreme weather
- Remaining impacts from fishing
- Marine debris
- Managing for a resilient Reef
Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef can be broadly divided into:
- people who access the Marine Park as part of a commercial tour operation (tourists)
- people who access the Marine Park independently, either with a privately owned vessel or directly off a beach (independent recreational users).
Great Barrier Reef tourist numbers
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has an extensive data set on the number of tourists visiting the Marine Park. This has been collated from information operators are required to supply when submitting their environmental management charge.
Great Barrier Reef recreational use
There is limited information available on independent recreational use of the Marine Park. Trends in recreational vessel registration in adjacent coastal communities is currently being updated.
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.
We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing animals, plants, and habitats.
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.