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.
- About zoning
- Zoning maps
- Zoning guide to using the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Special Management Areas
- Commercial fishing activities
- Dates of Proclamation and coming into effect of Sections and Zoning Plans
- Official Area Statements for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Maps showing extent to which each bioregion is in highly protected zones
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.
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If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL
(1300 264 625)
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