When do you need a Marine Parks permit?
Before any activity is undertaken in the Marine Park it is essential to check the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003 to see if the activity is allowed, and whether the activity requires a Marine Parks permit.
As a general guide, the following activities require a Marine Parks permit.
- Most commercial activities, including tourist operations
- Installation and operation of structures, such as jetties, marinas, pontoons and aquaculture facilities
- Any works, such as repairs to structures, dredging and dumping of spoil, placement and operation of moorings
- Anchoring or mooring for an extended period
- Waste discharge from a fixed structure
- Research except for limited impact research
- Educational programs
Most visitors to the Marine Park will NOT require a permit for recreational activities.
Should you still be unsure or need any clarification, contact the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) by phoning 1800 990 770 or (07) 4750 0700.
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