Enjoy the Reef this school holidays

Published: 25/09/2013

Spring has sprung and while the glorious Queensland sunshine entices holidaymakers out onto the Great Barrier Reef this school holidays, people are being urged to help take care of this vast natural wonder.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is reminding people that some simple preparation before heading out to the Reef goes a long way to helping you enjoy your time.

GBRMPA field management director Richard Quincey said the Great Barrier Reef offers a wealth of activities with spectacular backdrops and everyone can contribute to keeping the Great Barrier Reef great.

“Whether you go camping, boating, snorkelling, diving, fishing or any other activity these school holidays the most important thing you can do is enjoy the Reef responsibly, he said.

“Being mindful of the consequences of your actions is the key, for example, dropping an anchor on coral takes seconds to damage or destroy coral which then takes many years for it to rebuild.

“So where possible anchor in sand or mud away from corals, or use public moorings where they are available.”

A vast range of tools and information is available to help people look after the Reef from zoning maps and signs at boat ramps to information on the GBRMPA website.

Zoning maps will help you plan your visit so you know what you can and can’t do in different parts of the Marine Park.

“Checking out the zones where you are headed before you go and having a zoning map will help you know what you can and can’t do in each zone, Richard said.

“Crabbing is a popular activity during school holidays and fishers are reminded that both crabbing and fishing in marine national park (green) zones is not allowed.

“Zoning works to keep the Great Barrier Reef healthy, productive and flourishing — benefitting you and your mates today, tomorrow and well into the future.

“Almost 70 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef is open to recreational fishing, so there’s no shortage of areas where you can wet a line or throw a crab pot, from inshore spots along the coastline to offshore outer reefs. Just plan ahead and be sure of where you can go and what you can do before you head out.”

Responsible Reef practices and zoning maps can be found on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website www.gbrmpa.gov.au




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