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.

  • 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.