If there is one good thing to come out of the intention to save the reef, it’s that it minimises a person’s environmental impact.
Saving the Great Barrier Reef is not just about, well, saving the reef. It’s about thinking about the bigger picture, about how what you do impacts your local treasure or something on the other side of the globe.
It has never been more important for human civilisation to look at its impact on the world we live in. The plight to help save the reef is very symbolic of bigger global issues, but as many of us know, the reef is one of the most important environmental assets in the world to fight for.
As Australian’s, we are custodians of the Great Barrier Reef. Each one of us can do simple things to reduce negative impacts on the Reef and our oceans.
How you can help save the reef
The best thing you can do to help save the Reef is to visit it. We believe it’s important to look at what’s working on the Reef and what we can cherish. This positive mindset can inspire people to be involved and take positive action.
Charter or book with tourism operators who have EcoTourism Australia or an Earth Check certification
Look at supporting one of the Great Barrier Reef action groups which lobby to protect the Reef.
Share what you see: Visitors and tourism operators can help through the Eye on the Reef program which includes an app that can be downloaded to record and relay marine wildlife and coral observations back to GBRMPA
Join citizens science group Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, an organisation whose mission it is to protect and conserve reefs around the world.
Follow the Three R’s – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and try to make sustainable choices as you go about your life.
Plastics are damaging to the marine environment. They can entangle marine life and contain harmful chemicals that concentrate pollutants. Implement these four simple plastic waste reduction tips:
- Bring your own reusable bags, #banishthebag
– Say “no thanks” to plastic straws #holdthestraw
- Bring your own bottle and bring your own coffee cup #BYOB
- Buy food with less packaging
If sailing or fishing in areas with a reef, anchor away from corals on a sandy bottom. Most places in the Whitsundays will provide moorings if there is a fragile reef at the anchorage. Check your copy of 100 Magic miles for more specific details.
Consume sustainable seafood. There are several apps which can help you make sustainable seafood choices.
- The Australian Marine Conservation Society’s Sustainable Seafood 3-Step Pocket Guide "Good Fish" (Australia & New Zealand)
- The Marine Conservation Society’s Pocket Good Fish Guide (UK & Europe)
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Pocket Guide (US & Canada)
Abide by local fishing regulations and closed seasons. When fishing in the Whitsundays there are zones subject to specific terms enforced by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and there is a closed season to protect coral trout.
Replace household cleaners and detergents with chlorine and phosphate-free products and avoid chemical pesticides in your garden.
Reduce fossil fuel emissions: Drive less – walk, cycle, skate, use public transport, combine errands, car-share and offset your emissions
Visit the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and pay a daily $6 levy which is going towards funding research and conservation
Learn about the CoTS control program and sponsor a Crown of Thorns Starfish Diver.
Join us, sail the Whitsundays and be inspired to help save the reef.
WRAY is heavily invested in preserving the Great Barrier Reef as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.