Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Operational Principles 2002
The independent Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), comprising of
scientists with expertise in the Great Barrier Reef Region, provided
advice to the GBRMPA on scientific issues relevant to the selection of
representative areas of biodiversity.
The following Biophysical Operational Principles (BOPs) were recommended by
the SSC to guide the establishment of a new network of no-take areas that
would achieve the objectives of the Representative Area Program
(RAP). The following principles have been developed using best
available knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and general
principles of reserve design, and have been applied, as far as
practicable, during the RAP and the rezoning process:
(Refer to the Information Sheet ‘Biophysical Operating Principles’
available on the GBRMPA website for more details - including a discussion
of the '20%' target)
The BOPs need to be treated as a package used to underpin the choice of what
number, size and location of no-take areas to implement. They refer to
recommended minimum levels of protection. The SSC considers that to
achieve the objectives of the RAP the GBRMPA should protect at least these
amounts in each bioregion and each habitat. None of these recommendations
is for ‘ideal’ or ‘desired’ amounts.
Section 8.10 (Achievement of the Biophysical Operational Principles) of
the Basis for
Zoning document outlines the extent to which the
BOPs were achieved in the Draft Zoning Plan.
"Increased protection for the Reef will ensure a bright future for
Indigenous Australians and their Sea Country."
Dr Evelyn Scott, GBRMPA Board member.
A summary of the Social, Economic, Cultural and Management Feasibility
Operational Principles developed by the committee is given below. These
principles have, as far as practicable, guided the rezoning processes.
(Please refer to the Information Sheet ‘Social,
economic, cultural and management feasibility operational principles’
for more details).