Responsible Reef Practices
When enjoying the many different activities and experiences on the Great Barrier Reef, it is important to enjoy them in a responsible and 'reef friendly' way.
This can easily be done by following the Responsible Reef Practices for recreational users associated with each of these activities:
- Anchoring and mooring (including use of public moorings)
- Around turtles
- Around whales and dolphins
- Bird watching
- Boating and yachting
- Diving and snorkelling
- Motorised water sports
- Outboard engines
- Visiting islands and cays
- Waste (including sewage), chemicals and litter
For more extensive information on Responsible Reef Practices when operating in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park please refer to our OnBoard - the Tourism Operator's Handbook website.
To help manage the Reef and even save marine life, please let the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority know if you see any interesting and unusual things in the Marine Park. You can report these sightings through the Sightings Network.
If you're heading out on the water, don't forget your free Zoning Map so you know where you can go and what you can do.
The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. If you're lucky enough to see a humpback whale from May to September, make sure you keep a safe distance.
We're delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park's World Heritage listing.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing plants, animals and habitats. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.
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.
If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL
(1300 264 625)
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.