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Marine Parks

The 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.

The 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 Park."

All 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 area.

The best way to do this is to contact the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority head office in Townsville at the following address:

Great 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

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