Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) was established
20 years ago to protect over 1000 Coral reefs and Islands that make
up the Great Barrier Reef. This role has grown to include management
of the Park to encourage a $1.2 billion per year tourism industry
and a $250 million per year fishing industry.
goal of the GBRMPA is: "To provide for the protection, wise use,
understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef in perpetuity
through the care and development of the Great Barrier Reef Marine
Reefs and Islands are zoned for particular uses and activities.
There are "General Use" areas open to the public, "Scientific Preservation
Zones" with access limited to approved Scientific Research and Preservation
Zones which are multi functional with limitations. Before entering
the Marine Park it is important to find out exactly what activities
can and cannot be carried out in the area you are planning to visit.
Park rules and regulations are strictly enforced and there are strong
penalties for ignoring Marine Park rules and regulations. Ignorance
will not get you out of a large fine for fishing in a restricted
best way to do this is to contact the Great Barrier Reef Marine
Park Authority head office in Townsville at the following address:
Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
2-68 Flinders St. Townsville QLD 4810
Tel: (07) 4781 8811 Fax: (07) 4772 6093
Internationally Telephone 61 7 4781 8811 Facsimile 61 7 4772 6093