Procedures

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - Procedures

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1. Purpose and Objectives

The following procedures have been developed to ensure the highest standards are followed in relation to research activities carried out in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP), and that all activities are in line with University policy, lawful directions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and relevant legislation and regulations.

The University is committed to ensuring the protection of the GBRMP environment by keeping environmental impacts of its research activities to a minimum.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

GBRMP – Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

GBRMPA – Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Limited Impact Research – “Limited impact research (extractive)” and “Limited impact research (non-extractive)” as defined under sections 19 and 20 of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 (Cth) as amended from time to time.

3. Procedures Scope/Coverage

These procedures apply to all students, staff and other personnel who carry out research activities within the GBRMP under the auspices of the University. These procedures are also intended to operate as a Code of Conduct for the conduct of research in the GBRMP.

4. Procedures Statement

Students, staff and other personnel who wish to carry out research work in the GBRMP are required to abide by relevant University policies, lawful directions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and relevant legislation and regulations, and must ensure that their proposed research activities are authorised prior to commencement.

All students, staff and other personnel carrying out activities in the GBRMP must comply with the procedures set out in this document, which includes standards of conduct, authorisation of activities, legal requirements and best practice.

If the research to be conducted is Limited Impact Research, the procedures in Section 7 below apply. For all other types of research to be carried out in the GBRMP, the procedures in Section 6 below apply.

5. Conduct of Staff and Students

While carrying out research in the GBRMP, staff and other personnel must ensure their activities and behaviour comply with the Code of Conduct , Responsible Conduct of Research and other relevant policies and procedures. Students' conduct must comply with the Student Charter or the Higher Degree by Research Candidate Charter, as applicable.

6. Authorisation for Research Activities

6.1 Prior to the commencement of any research in the GBRMP, researchers and other personnel must familiarise themselves with the requirements of the Great Barrier Reef Zoning Plan, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (Cth), relevant Plans of Management, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 (Cth) and any other legislation as relevant to the research.

6.2 All research, with the exception of Limited Impact Research, will require a permit issued by GBRMPA to conduct activities in the GBRMP (including snorkelling, diving, reef walking, surveys, transects and collecting). Application forms can be found on the GBRMPA Zoning, Permits and Plans website and must be submitted to GBRMPA. Research must not commence until a relevant permit/s has been issued by GBRMPA.

Research activities that require a permit in the Marine Park may also require a similar permit under Queensland Marine Parks legislation. GBRMPA may liaise with the relevant Queensland agency, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, to assess and issue joint permits where necessary. It should also be noted that Queensland legislation may require a permit where GBRMPA does not.

A copy of the relevant permit/s must be carried at all times when conducting activities in the GBRMP. If a permit is not able to be produced when requested, researchers and other personnel may be individually liable for committing an offence under the applicable legislation and regulations to which significant penalties apply.

6.3 All researchers and other personnel must abide by relevant legislation and regulations. All research activities must be designed in such a way as to minimise negative impacts on the environment and the local community within the GBRMP. If unexpected significant damage occurs, the activity must cease immediately and be reassessed.

6.4 Relevant local authorities (e.g. Rangers, Research Station Staff, Coast Guard) must be informed of any activity prior to commencement.

6.5 Risk assessments must be completed and followed in accordance with the University’s Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Procedures to ensure safe and environmentally sound practices are upheld at all times.

7. Authorisation for Limited Impact Research

7.1 Researchers and other personnel must read, understand and comply with the requirements of The University of Queensland and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Memorandum of Understanding, the Great Barrier Reef Zoning Plan, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (Cth), relevant Plans of Management, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 (Cth) and any other legislation as relevant to the research.

7.2 For Limited Impact Research, researchers and other personnel must request authorisation from the University by completing an Application Form. The Application Form must be emailed to marine@uq.edu.au for review. Approved applicants will receive a Letter of Authorisation, signed by the designated University official appointed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from time to time. For all other research(including research for which an application is not approved by the University), a permit must be obtained from GBRMPA in accordance with Section 6 above. Limited Impact Research must not commence until a relevant Letter of Authorisation has been issued by the University

A copy of the Letter of Authorisation must be carried at all times when conducting activities in the GBRMP or held on the vessel from which the activities are being carried out. If a Letter of Authorisation is not able to be produced when requested, researchers and other personnel may be individually liable for committing an offence under the applicable legislation and regulations to which significant penalties apply..

7.3 All researchers and other personnel must abide by relevant laws and regulations. All research activities must be designed in such a way as to minimise negative impacts on the environment and the local community within the GBRMP. If unexpected significant damage occurs, the activity must cease immediately and be reassessed.

7.4 Relevant local authorities (e.g. Rangers, Research Station Staff, Coast Guard) must be informed of any activity prior to commencement.

7.5 Risk assessments must be completed and followed in accordance with the University’s Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Procedures to ensure safe and environmentally sound practices are upheld at all times.

8. Activities within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

8.1 A summary of the Legal Requirements and Best Environmental Practices and Standards has been developed by the GBRMPA for a range of activities and must be followed at all times unless a more restrictive University policy exists. These also apply to research activities:

The University will advise researchers and other personnel who hold Letters of Authorisation of changes, updates or extensions to these practices and standards by updating the Permits website. Researchers and other personnel who hold GBRMPA permits must check the GBRMPA website and Permits website regularly for updates.

8.2 All diving and snorkelling activities must be in accordance with the University's Diving Safety Procedures.

8.3 Researchers and other personnel must:

  • possess current relevant ethical clearance as necessary in accordance with the University’s Responsible Conduct of Research Policy, Procedures and Guidelines;
  • recognise that the GBRMP is a multiple use marine park, that all researchers and other personnel are aware of other users (e.g. tourists, traditional owners, commercial fishers etc.) in any area where research is being conducted and that they minimise the potential for negative interactions whenever possible;
  • learn more about the tradition, culture and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to respect the values and many special cultural and heritage sites of traditional owners throughout the GBRMP;
  • lodge in an appropriate curated museum collection within Australia, a portion of any new taxonomic material (including all holotypes and at least half the number of paratypes of new species) collected as part of a research project in the GBRMP;
  • ensure all vessels used in connection with research are clearly marked "Research Vessel" while being used for those activities in the GBRMP;
  • ensure all equipment, including minor research aids, placed in the GBRMP in connection with a research project is clearly marked with the name, institution and research project duration or, in the event that this information cannot be placed on the equipment, the researcher must record a dGPS or GPS location for the equipment. The GPS location should be lodged with the Director, Environmental Assessment and Management, GBRMPA on placement of the apparatus;
  • ensure all research activities are undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the laws in force from time to time in the State of Queensland;
  • within 30 days of concluding a research project in the GBRMP, all equipment and material used in connection with the project must be removed from the GBRMP. If for any unforeseen circumstances this is not possible, GBRMPA must be notified, in writing, within the 30 day period providing reasons for the delay and providing a timetable for removal of the equipment and material;
  • when undertaking research in a part of the Scientific Research Zone in the vicinity of the locations listed below, discuss the study sites with the appropriate person (as specified), and comply with any approved Environmental Management Plan for conducting research in that area:

Location

Appropriate Person

Day Reef SR-14-2001

Co-Directors, Lizard Island Research Station  

Yonge Reef SR-14-2002  

Co-Directors, Lizard Island Research Station  

MacGillivray Reef SR-14-2003

Co-Directors, Lizard Island Research Station 

Lizard Island Reef SR-14-2004

Co-Directors, Lizard Island Research Station

North Direction Reef SR-14-2005 

Co-Directors, Lizard Island Research Station

Green Island Reef SR-16-2006  

Manager, Monkman Research Station  

Orpheus Island north SR-18-2007

Manager, Orpheus Island Research Station  

AIMS SR-19-2008  

Director, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Heron Island Reef east SR-23-2009

Station Manager, Heron Island Research Station

One Tree Island reef SR-23-2010  

Resident Officer, One Tree Island Research Station

 

Custodians
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Robyn Ward

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For research on the Great Barrier Reef that is of limited impact, authorisation can be sought under The University of Queensland’s institutional permit.  See flow charts and guidelines at http://www.science.uq.edu.au/permits

Custodians
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Robyn Ward
Custodians
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Robyn Ward
Custodians
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Robyn Ward