Things not to do on the
Great Barrier Reef…
Take it upon yourself to feed the fish. It is permitted by the Marine Park Authority, but must only be carried out by tourism operators with a licence to do so, as there are strict rules. Such as not feeding them around people who are in the water, only using raw fish or approved fish pellets, and never hand-feeding fish.
Ignore jellyfish warnings. They are serious about their stinging in this part of the world, and some can even be fatal. Holiday companies will all be au fait with how to protect against them, the norm being ‘stinger’ suits to cover the body when diving or snorkelling. The main stinger season is November-May, when they breed close to the shore, and spread out into the seas. Beaches have zones enclosed by stinger nets, and vinegar is everywhere to be found – an emergency treatment for stings. But always get medical support immediately if you are stung.
Take coral for granted
. Sticking to the coral code is vital with over a quarter of coral reefs worldwide having been damaged irreparably. Most important is not to touch the reef or to collect any coral
. And don’t even think about buying souvenirs made of it either. Always use a holiday company with a responsible tourism policy, ask to see their waste policy, and watch what you’re putting into the water, such as the notorious microbeads
and chemical laden suncreams. Always seek out an eco option.