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In Australia, we are surrounded by one of the world’s greatest playgrounds. Our marine environment provides endless opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment.
Some people want to swim or surf in it, some want to dive in it, some want to boat on it, whilst some just want to admire it and know it is being cared for.
Regardless of the activity, these privileges come with great responsibility.

Our marine environment must be treated with care and respect; to prevent damage, preserve plants and animals and to ensure current and future generations can use and enjoy all that our ocean has to offer.

How to be a marine steward

  • Respect all marine life you encounter

  • Don’t damage sensitive marine habitats

  • Take your rubbish with you

  • Report pollution

  • Be a role model to others

  • Understand that the marine environment is a shared resource

Minimising your impact on the environment

  • Share the water; as described in the National Recreational Code –Our waterways are used for a variety of purposes. Recognising the rights of others to use the waters for their recreation and livelihood and be courteous to others. Responsible recreational fishers help ensure that all are equally able to enjoy their activities.

  • Avoid anchoring or mooring in areas with seagrass as these areas are important feeding grounds and shelter for fish and other animals.

  • If you cannot avoid mooring your vessel in a seagrass area, use a seagrass friendly mooring design.

  • Understand the impacts of outboard emissions. Why should I use a 4 stroke motor?

  • Boat ramps- washing down. Wash your boat in a location where debris and run off can be captured and disposed of responsibly. Do not wash back into waterways.

  • Install a holding tank or use a portable camping toilet. Never discharge treated sewage or holding tanks into waterways and ensure that you use boat pump out waste management facilities.

  • Repairs such as sanding or scraping should be done in a location where debris can be captured and disposed of responsibly.

  • Refueling of tanks should be done on land where possible to avoid potential petrol spillage and pollution of waterways.

  • Follow the antifouling code of conduct.

Respect the rights of others

  • Be courteous to other users and those whose communities we enter when fishing;

  • Avoid crowding other anglers;

  • Prepare boats and trailers before launching at boat ramps to avoid delays and queues;

  • Respect commercial fishers’ rights to fish legally;

  • Do not interfere with commercial fishing and keep clear of boating channels.

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