Zoning

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a multiple-use area. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003 provides for a range of ecologically sustainable recreational, commercial and research opportunities and for the continuation of traditional activities.

Zoning helps to manage and protect the values of the Marine Park that people enjoy. Each zone has different rules for the activities that are allowed, the activities that are prohibited, and the activities that require a permit. Zones may also place restrictions on how some activities are conducted.

Zoning maps are tools to help you get to know the zones. Before heading out on the water make sure you have a zoning map, know the zones and what's allowed there.

Rules for commercial fishing can differ to those for recreational fishing. Commercial fishers should consult the Zoning Plan for more information. Users of the Marine Park should familiarise themselves with all legal requirements relevant to their particular activity.

Zoning guide to the Marine Park

If you are planning a fishing or boating trip to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, you will need to know where you can go and what you can do, as penalties apply if you do not follow zoning rules.

All zones contribute to the protection of the Reef. The level of protection increases from the General Use Zone up to the most restrictive Preservation Zone. Each zone has different rules for the activities that are allowed, the activities that are prohibited and the activities that require a permit.

Zones may also place restrictions on how some activities are conducted.

Special Management Areas manage access or use of a specific area, and are an additional layer on top of zoning.

You should get to know the area you are going to and what you can do there.