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Protecting the Great Barrier Reef - Tourism

the great battery for special because

it's the largest marine system or reef

system innovate on the planet it's one

of the most their vast ecosystems any of

it on the planet and it's also one of

the most accessible it attracts nearly 2

million a year at the moment and that

number is increasing year on you it's a

really humbling experience when you

first nautical or dive on the Great

Barrier Reef the the complexity the

diversity the abundance of life is

really quite breathtaking when you

really see it and it still has that

effect that I can go to the same spots

and still have that same experience

today now I get such a kick out of

watching people going in the water and

Wow and the lights I've got their faces

and the little kids when they get close

to a turtle or a manta ray

it's so exciting it's it's worth more

than gold in my mine currently the reef

contributes over five and a half billion

directly out of tourism but in the wider

community the economic benefits that

could flow on it's been estimated 15 to

25 billion there's over 730 tourism

operators and they employ over 64,000

full-time people and the wider reef

employs about 69 thousand coral can't

leave you out of the water for more than

a couple of hours tourism is an

amazingly important asset for the Great

Barrier Reef I came here as a visitor

and I fell in love with the reef I'd

never seen the reef before I'd never

seen so much diversity of fish life of

coral and bird life the excitement to me

was amazing and and I had this burning

desire to want to enjoy it to share it

and protect it we love guests to come

out here to see it to fall in love with

it and then they will go away and

protect it and we're just going to

carefully

just like the islands evolved we've

evolved and learned we don't use little

plastic water bottles we we only have

recyclable water bottles we turn glass

back into sand we fly all of our

recyclable rubbish off in the airplanes

every day we use airplanes that have got

the best fuel burn per passenger seat

mph to minimize that environment impact

we've reduced our fuel burn from 550

liters of diesel a day to around a

hundred litres a day or about 50,000

litres a year so it's a 75% reduction

that's why lady M is so special because

we're right on the edge of the shelf

tourism is at almost a six billion

dollar a year industry - the great

barrier so it's a very financially

important business but more importantly

it's an environmentally important

business we're doing a good job that the

wreath has turned the corner great

positive outcomes are occurring and

we're seeing more and more example of

that but we can't rest on our laurels we

have to keep a pressure on to finding

new ways better ways to manage the park

I own the roofers are a monitoring

program where tourism operators collect

data on key species which we then feed

into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Authority and the authority then get the

big picture

we're out on the reef everyday so we're

able to see change as it's happening we

can then alert the authorities and

actually have them come up and have a

close look at something that's going on

whether it be the onset of some coral

bleaching or crown of thorns starfish

appearing we're finding more and more

that our guests are interested in

contributing to to the understanding of

the Great Barrier Reef they are really

want to know that their visit to the

reef isn't having a negative impact

it's amazing we've often have people

that are very nervous the very scared of

snorkeling they're not great swimmers or

and are reluctant to get in we persevere

with with those people and we get them

in a lifejacket give them a noodle once

we actually get them in the water we're

really struggled to get them back out

again at the end of the day it's an

incredibly unique environment that say

everybody should get to see at least

once in their life

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