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Anna Mars­den, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Great Bar­rier Reef Foun­da­tion (bar­ri­er­ agrees that tourism is im­por­tant for the preser­va­tion of the reef, but says it’s im­por tant to act re­spon­si­bly. “When snorkelling, for ex­am­ple, it’s im­por tant you don’t let your fins touch the reef as you’re swim­ming,” she says. “Also, never reach out and touch any of the fish, tur­tles or manta rays.” Choos­ing a good, ac­cred­ited op­er­a­tor can make all the dif­fer­ence, she adds.“ECO Cer­ti­fied op­er­a­tors go ‘above and be­yond’ for the reef, and their ac­tions and lead­er­ship make them a High Stan­dard Tourism op­er­a­tor.” Keep an out for such cre­den­tials when plan­ning your trip to the reef.

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