The Great Barrier Reef (in Queensland, Australia) is slowly dying from several environmental issues - bleaching, offshore drilling for LNG in the area, irresponsible sailing etc etc etc.
Snorkelling on the reef if done sensitively should not have a negative environmental impact of our reef. When you snorkel, you don't stand on the coral or put your feet near it, but you can dive down quite close or even view it from the surface.
I was there in 2010 with my children sailing around and it was one of the best weeks of my life. And we got to teach the children about the importance of the reef and how to best protect it for the future.
Lisa almost 8 years ago
You do can snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef in an environmentally responsible way. It is just to remember not to touch anything and keep a safety distance of 1 meter from corals, rocks, animals, fishes and the bottom of the sea. It is safer for them and also for you!
Everything in that special environment is extremelly sensitive to touching.
Actually, human interaction, and even presence, never is zero impact. But this way you reduce your personal impact on that environment to a sustainable level, one that the environment can absorb.
I dived there (Queensland, australia) in 2010 and even with all the problems the Great Barrier Reef has been facing, it is still one of the most beautiful I've ever seen, and it worth to preserve. almost 8 years ago