PROJECT: CODE OF CONDUCT
We acknowledge that tourism and self sufficient recreational activities are already occurring on the islands and every public mooring is an unregulated recreational node, with little or no guidance and infrastructure to mitigate visitor impacts. We would like to develop a code of conduct in consultation with the community and stakeholders. Please get involved.
It is a remote and isolated and big place - and therefore difficult to police. So, we would like to equip visitors with the knowledge and understanding to better manage (and enjoy) their own visit and ultimately minimise potential impacts. We have been granted permission by the interagency project team to develop a Code of Conduct, and DBCA will provide feedback & support and later feature the finished Code of Conduct on their webpage under Houtman Abrolhos Island National Park resources.
WHY A CODE OF CONDUCT?
A Code of conduct for recreational, tourism and other activities is needed, as it would help us minimise our collective impacts on wildlife, the environment and on one another. For example, currently fish can be cleaned near dive trails used by commercial tourism operators, which may train sharks to patrol the area, in anticipation of a low risk meal.
By working with the local community to develop a voluntary and interim code of conduct to guide recreational and tourism activities we would minimise such impacts.
A Code of Conduct will help to manage activities which move between the marine and terrestrial environments, such as kite surfing which moves from land to water and has the potential to impact on seasonally breeding seabirds. This type of activities will be managed by two different government departments, which could potentially increase the risk of miscommunication & misunderstanding.
A lot of impacts are done unintentionally, as people do not know... A Code of Conduct will allow to clarify any potential questioning on how one should behave in & around the Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park.
HACN would like your input to develop the voluntary interim HAI Code of Conduct - please contact us.