The Great Barrier Reef is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s great natural treasures, and we are pleased to announce that on August 3rd 2007 Charter Yachts Australia became the FIRST bareboat charter operator in Australia to be granted ECO Tourism Certification.
This strengthens our commitment to protect and educate others about this fragile environment.
In 1981, the Great Barrier Reef gained international recognition through its inscription on the World Heritage List. The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is the world’s largest and and is one of only a few World Heritage Areas that satisfy all four natural World Heritage Criteria.
With it’s inscription as a World Heritage site, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) assumed responsibility for managing the Great Barrier Reef for the global community.
Charter Yachts Australia work in conjunction with GBRMPA regulations, to ensure that we as a Bareboat Service, keep our environment as protected and as clean as possible.
Charter Yachts Australia have included an Environmental Package for all our clients to use throughout their charter. The reference material has been sourced to ensure that you and fellow charterers can understand the unique environment that is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The information supplied to all our clients:
- 100 Magic Miles – the definitive book on cruising in the Whitsunday’s
- Tide Book
- Marine Fish Guide to GBR
- Great Barrier Reef & Marine Park Island Visitors Guide
- Great Barrier Reef & Marine Park Zone Guide (MPZ10)
- Great Barrier Reef Manual – Understanding & Essential of the area
- Whitsunday National Park Island and Ngaro Sea Trail Brochure
- South Molle Island National Park Guide
- Booklet – You Guide to visiting the GBRMP and GBR Coast Marine Park in the Whitsundays
- Brochure – Our Great Barrier Reef let’s keep it great
- Diving in the Whitsundays
- Sea grass – watch DPI
- Information Brochure Dugongs Department of Environment
- Information Brochure our Coastal Home QPWS
- Information Sheets – Whitsunday nature, culture and history Department of Environment and Resource Management
- Responsible Reef Practices.
Charter Yachts Australia also provides a Vessel Operations Manual, a Safety Manual, and a First Aid kit and book.
We encourage all our clients to recycle while you are on your charter with us. At Abell Point Marina there are facilities to recycle all your cans and bottles.
Some useful links
Responsible Reef Practices – http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/onboard/home/high_standards/responsible_reef_practices
GBRMPA – Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority – http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/
EPA Queensland – http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/
Reef Education – http://www.reef.edu.au/
Department of primary Industries – Fishing Regulations & Closures http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/28_2981.htm