Responsible Reef Practices

As Australians, we have one of the the greatest natural areas on earth under our care. The Great Barrier Reef is the greatest collection of coral reefs on earth. People come from all over Australia and all parts of the world to marvel at the beauty of its waters, islands, corals, fish and birds. Some of us are even more privileged as the Great Barrier Reef is our home, our neighbouring environment or our place of work or recreation. With these privileges comes the deep responsibility to protect the Reef, its waters, islands and living things from harm, and to pass on this rich heritage to our children and future generations in its full health and beauty.

There are Responsible Reef Practices for almost all of the activities on the Reef. These are common sense guidelines to help you in your day-to-day operations. Please take the time to learn how you can do the best you can when operating in the Great Barrier Reef, whatever activity you are undertaking.

Also double-check your Marine Parks legal requirements for each of these activities. A summary is provided with each set of Responsible Reef Practices.

Select an activity on the left to find out how you can operate to a high standard.

  • Free zoning app

    Zoning maps

    If you're heading out on the water, download and use the free zoning app so you know where you can go and what you can do.

  • Important milestone

    40 years anniversary

    We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Visit the Reef

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    Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing animals, plants, and habitats.

  • What you can do

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    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.

  • Report marine strandings


    If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)

  • Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

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    A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Current Conditions

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    Current Conditions: Environmental and climatic forecasts for the Great Barrier Reef