The laws associated with the commercial operation of coastal vessels are undergoing the biggest changes in many years.
Essentially, national laws will apply rather than individual states.
While these changes are supported in principle, from the consultation today, there is little if any evidence that anyone on the AMSA Board or in senior decision making positions within AMSA has a sound working knowledge of marine tourism.
AMPTO seeks to have someone appointed to the AMSA board with a sound background in marine tourism
AMSA has been conducting consultation around Australia but AMPTO has not been included in the notices of their meetings and when AMPTO has been advised of meetings, it has been at short notice that has conflicted with other appointments already accepted.
Feedback from meetings attended by various marine tourism individuals has produced very mixed messages with conflicting advice.
A consistent message from AMSA is that if our industry was able to do something before the changes, it will be able to do it after the changes occur. This is clearly not the outcome delivered in documentation seen to date
AMPTO seeks to have consultation meetings set well in advance and not during peak tourism periods.
With the commodities boom, shipping in GBR is expected to at least double and those ships will be carrying bulk commodities that would be a disaster for the GBR if spilt. Already, on average, there are two major shipping incidents per year.
Given the potential for catastrophic damage from fuel, oil, coal, sugar, etc and the number of serious groundings already being experienced and with those groundings certain to increase, AMPTO seeks to have compulsory pilotage and one way traffic systems put in place.
Shipping using the GBR to transit should contribute a fee to the GBRMPA to enable it to respond to groundings and major spills without adversely affecting the whole of agency budget resulting in lost services to our industry. Shipping should pay its own way, not rely on the tourism industry to pay its bills through the EMC. There should be sufficient funds immediately available to allow the GBRMPA to undertake cleanups and remediate any damage. The GBRMPA should not have to wait on insurance companies to be forced via court action to provide funds years after the event, before they can fix damage.
Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Crown Of Thorns
Crown Of Thorns Starfish (COTS)
Dredging and Ports
Townsville and Cairns
AMPTO urges the GBRMPA to simply say no to increased pollution due to dredging or port development.
AMPTO as a group gets noticed, our voice together is louder. Below are our official position statements on areas that potentially affect us all in the Marine Parks Associated Industrys
Irukandji Jelly Fish
MPA (Appointment of a Marine Tourism Expert to the MPA)
Funding of the GBRMPA
GBRMPA Negative Impacts
AMPTO is seeking assurances that the GBRMPA will be appropriately funded and that tourism services, including COTS funding, will be funded to at least maintain the service levels previously enjoyed.