GBRMPA has created a framework that, whilst allowing reasonable human use, will ensure the healthy survival of the coastal and marine ecosystems. One important component of this new management framework is the new zoning plan that came into law on 1st July 2004. This plan increased the proportion of the Marine Park’s highly protected ‘no-take’ zones from less than 5% to more than 33%, and now protects representative examples of each of the 70 broad habitat types. The Great Barrier Reef was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

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