A marine tourism operator can take meaningful action in response to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and accommodation. It can also develop and implement strategies to adapt to climate change. The following points are addressed to tour operators:

Responsible Reef Practices

Raising awareness

  • Build a climate change element into your interpretation programs to help visitors understand the impacts on coral reef ecosystems and to encourage your clients to take actions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions at home.
  • Talk to government representatives, colleagues and friends about climate change. Let them know it's affecting your business and provide ideas on how they can help.

Reduce your carbon footprint

  • Calculate your operation's overall carbon footprint and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible. Offset any remaining emissions by purchasing carbon credits.
  • Reduce emissions by operating your vessel at speeds that reduce fuel consumption and increase the temperature set on your air conditioners.
  • Partner with climate friendly businesses who are actively taking steps to minimise greenhouse gases, water pollution and other environmental impacts.
  • Provide your clients with options to offset greenhouse gas emissions caused by their travel and accommodation.

Improve the resilience of the reef

  • Use approved moorings where possible and follow best practices for anchoring, snorkelling and diving - a healthy reef is more resilient to climate change.
  • Improve water quality in the Marine Park by disposing of waste and wastewater appropriately.
  • Provide reliable reports about coral bleaching and reef condition at the sites you visit through the BleachWatch program.

Integrate climate change into business operations and planning

  • Demonstrate your commitment to climate change action by being independently certified.
  • Build climate change into your business planning. Adopt a risk management approach which clearly illustrates alternative product and marketing strategies in the event of severe coral bleaching or other climate change impacts.