The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a multiple use protected area with seven zoning categories: General Use zone (30%), Habitat Protection zone (28%), Conservation Park zone (6%), Buffer zone (3%), Scientific Research zone (<1%), Marine National Park zone (33%), and Preservation zone (<1%). Approximately 33% of the marine park is heavily protected by no-take areas.
There are currently four management plans within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park -- one for each region.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
protects a large part of Australia's
Great Barrier Reef
from damaging activities. Fishing and the removal of artefacts or
, etc.) is strictly regulated, and commercial shipping traffic must stick to certain specific defined shipping routes that avoid the most sensitive areas of the park. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest cluster of corals and other exotic marine life.