Plans of management

Plans of management are generally prepared for intensively used, or particularly vulnerable groups of islands and reefs, and for the protection of vulnerable species or ecological communities.

Plans of management complement Marine Park zoning by addressing issues specific to an area, species or community in greater detail than can be accomplished by the broader reef-wide zoning plans.

The objectives of plans of management are set out in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (section 39Y).

There are currently four plans of management within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Watch this short video to find out more about plans of management.

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