Marine tourism operators can play an invaluable role in helping to protect one of Australia’s magnificent natural assets.

As someone who is regularly out on the Marine Park and fortunate enough to know some of it intimately, you’re part of a virtual early warning system. You can be the ‘Eyes and Ears’ for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Reef managers rely on your reports and continued vigilance so, if you notice anything a little unusual, suspicious or new, please lend a helping hand by letting the relevant authorities know as soon as possible.

Responsible Reef Practices

  • Report all marine pollution, incidents and sightings to the relevant agency.
  • Join the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Eyes and Ears Incident Reporting Program.
  • Complete an Incident Report Form and provide any additional information such as photographs, maps and charts when you see anything you don’t think should be happening in the Marine Park. Incident Reporting Form- [PDF 964.0 KB]
  • Do not approach any suspected persons or request information from them if you witness a suspected breach of the law.
  • Keep the hotline numbers handy on board your vessel.

Marine Parks Legal Requirements

  • You must notify the Secretary of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities within seven days of becoming aware that an activity you undertook without a permit resulted in an unintentional death, injury, trading, taking, keeping or moving of a species specified in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.