Managing the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
The Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage Area is 348,000 square kilometres and most of this—344,000 square kilometres—lies within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Zoning plans are in place for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and adjacent coastal marine park (Queensland Government›s jurisdiction).
The zoning plans define what activities can occur in which locations both to protect the marine environment and to separate potentially conflicting activities.
The Queensland Government is a significant contributor to the joint field management program for the marine park.
Through the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, marine park rangers respond to pollution incidents, carry out compliance work, monitor nesting and breeding sites, undertake pest and fire management projects on remote islands, and maintain popular visitor destinations.