Commercial marine tourism extends throughout the Great Barrier Reef,and tourism makes a significant contribution to the presentation, management and economic value of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 notes its impacts are concentrated in a few intensively managed areas, and coordinated and professional management of marine tourism ensures a sustainable industry that contributes to Marine Park management.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) have management tools and processes that allows tourism to occur with minimal impact on the marine environment.
These tools helps ensure the diversity, integrity and productivity of the Reef is maintained:
- Policies and guidelines for tourism use of the Marine Park
- Management arrangements at popular sites
- Plans of Management
- Field management and compliance
Working with our tourism industry partners, GBRMPA educates Marine Park visitors by promoting appreciation through quality interpretation and best practice information.