Implications for communities
Fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Region is a major part of the lifestyle of regional communities. It is a significant source of employment and contributes to overall economic and social wellbeing.
Potential future declines in the health of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem could be expected to have serious economic implications for local communities as almost all of the Region's economic benefit comes from its natural resources.
Fishing is also socially significant as it is a important recreational activity for many people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have a close connection to the Great Barrier Reef and fishing is an important part of their culture and customs.
The Region is of major importance to Traditional Owners and traditional use of and caring for their sea country reinforces Traditional Owner culture, protocols and connections to the Great Barrier Reef.
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