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Managing recreational activity on the Great Barrier Reef April 01,2012   |  Source: GBRMPA Media

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has laid out a plan for managing recreational activity on the Great Barrier Reef as coastal communities continue to expand.

GBRMPA Chairman Russell Reichelt said recreation on the Great Barrier Reef is woven into the social fabric of coastal communities all along the Queensland coast and it generates significant economic value.

'Every year, there's about 14 million recreational visits by local residents plus visits by travellers from outside the Great Barrier Reef region,' Dr Reichelt said.

'It's important for recreational users to be able to enjoy the Marine Park, now and into the future. Spending time on the Reef encourages visitors to care about its protection and long-term future. This magnificent natural wonder is a unique experience available for all to enjoy.'

Dr Reichelt said the Recreation Management Strategy for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park will provide marine managers with a roadmap to manage for sustainable recreational activities, for the continued enjoyment of all visitors.

'As the populations of coastal towns continue to expand, there are more recreational visitors to the Reef to boat, fish, sail, dive, snorkel and swim,' he said. 'An increase in recreational use has the potential to impact

 

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