About Zoning and Zoning Maps

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a multiple-use area. Zoning helps to manage and protect the values of the Marine Park that users enjoy. Zoning Plans define what activities can occur in which locations both to protect the marine environment and to separate potentially conflicting activities.

Zoning exists in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park like a town planning scheme, it defines what activities can occur in which locations.  It is in place to protect plants, animals and habitats.

If you are heading out on the water make sure you know where you can go and what you can do.

The major zones are:

  • General Use (Light Blue)
  • Habitat Protection (Dark Blue)
  • Conservation Park (Yellow)
  • Marine National Park (Green).

Other zones include Preservation (Pink), Scientific Research (Orange), Buffer (Olive Green) and Commonwealth Island Zones, which make up less than five per cent of the Marine Park.

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