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Sustainability & Environmental education is very important to the Whitsundays. Tourism operators in the Whitsundays are always striving to improve their practices, they offer various ways for their guests to ensure their tours are sustainable and in the best interests of our local environment.

The Whitsunday region has many Eco Certified Tourism operators. Eco Certified operators ensure that the visitors to the marine park not only enjoy the visit, but also leave with better knowledge and appreciation of the marine park through interpretive information provided by trained crews.

The Whitsundays is proud to have two Master Reef Guides in the region as part of the Master Reef Guide Program which aims to bring a deeper understanding of reef management and protection. The guides have been trained as local advocates and storytellers, to better inform and educate the public about the reef. Many tour operators also participate in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) ‘Eye on the Reef’ program which is a monitoring and assessment program that enables anyone who visits the Great Barrier Reef to contribute to its long-term protection by collecting valuable information about reef health, marine animals and incidents.

The Whitsundays is also home to Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. Since its establishment in 2009 190,144 kilograms of marine debris/litter removed from the Whitsunday waters.  Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. was developed to engage the community to protect the precious marine life and aquatic environment of the Whitsunday Region. It now also includes reducing the amount of debris that enters the waterways through the ‘Clean Streets and Creeks’ Program as well as responding and caring for sick and injured marine turtles at the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre. The Whitsundays is also committed to the ‘Last Straw’ campaign with many local eateries, cafés and resorts only serving paper straws.

In 2019 the Whitsundays will be home to Australia’s first air-conditioned resort and spa powered entirely by the sun. The Carbon Emissions from the island resort will be measured on an annual basis and 150% of carbon emissions will be offset through Carbon Neutral to be a beyond carbon neutral resort. 

The Whitsundays also boasts one of its main marina’s as a certified ‘Clean Marina’. The marina is committed to promoting and delivering the best environmental management practices, ensuring the long-term health of the environment. They’ve done this by undertaking the following initiatives:

  1. Be plastic bag free
  2. reduction of energy, water, and noise pollution
  3. nil discharge/ black water pump-out
  4. no fishing, by providing recycling/ waste transfer
  5. being involved in the Last Straw Campaign
  6. providing sustainable vessel operations and also using sustainable vessel maintenance practices

Every day the tourism industry in the Whitsundays are striving towards a stronger environment and making steps to help this wonderful playground remain as picturesque as ever!

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