These Rules have been prepared by the Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association Inc through consultation with tour operators and managers of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and other parties with vested interests in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park World Heritage Area.
All parties that participated in the preparation of the Certification Rules are dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of both the environment and economic viability of the Marine Tourism Industry
These Certification Rules apply to members of the Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association Inc.
The Rules are to ensure that minimum standards are agreed within the industry. They are not intended to provide a means of grading the quality of service offered by individual operators.
OBJECTIVES of the Certification Rules:
To list and record the ethics and minimum acceptable standards for marine tourism operators
To promote self-regulation of the marine tourism industry
To contribute towards the enhancement and preservation of the environment, social, cultural and economic values of the Great Barrier Reef.
To safeguard the industry’s competitiveness within the world tourism market by protecting its natural resource base and catering for the increasing numbers of tourists seeking environmentally responsible tourism experiences.
To establish guidelines for the duty of care
Signatories to the Certification Rules will endeavour to operate in accordance with the following ethics:
To operate in a manner that enhances and preserves the natural, social, cultural and economic values of the Great Barrier Reef
To act honestly, fairly and with professional courtesy at all times
To maintain the highest level of safety and maritime practice
To provide accurate information on the cultural and natural resources of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
To strive for excellence in quality of service to customers
To work cooperatively with management agencies to ensure the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
To protect and present World Heritage values
To foster an environment ethic amongst all involved in marine tourism
To market and promote a product with integrity and honesty
BEST PRACTICE – Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association Inc
The members of the WCBIA agree to support and adopt best practice principles for the following:
SAFETY AND MARITIME OPERATIONS & PRACTICE
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
PROMOTION AND PRESENTATION OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF WORLD HERITAGE AREA
RESPONSIBLE FISH FEEDING & REGULATED FISHING
RESPECTING MARINE LIFE AND THEIR HABITAT SUCH AS WHALES AND OTHER MARINE MAMMALS
RESPECTING & PROTECTING ISLANDS AND ADHERING TO REGULATIONS
RECOGNISING AND SUPPORTING MARINE RESEARCH AND MONITORING
SUPPORTING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
MARINE PARK AREA MANAGEMENT & PROTECTION THROUGH BEST PRACTICE
PROMOTION AND ADVERTISING WITH HONESTY AND INTEGRITY