Cod Hole and Ribbon Reef Operators Asociation
CHARROA is based in the Cairns and Port Douglas area of North Queensland and is an incorporated association of tourism industry marine operators who primarily conduct scuba diving and snorkelling activities in the Cairns section of Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea marine areas of Australia.
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  1. To hold and maintain mooring permits and other permits from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Queensland Environment Protection Agency & Department of Parks & Wildlife, Environment Australia and any other agencies or authorities affecting the area of operation of the association and its members;
  2. To install and maintain mooring facilities and dive sites held pursuant to those permits as required by those authorities and the associations Code of Practice;
  3. To control access to those mooring facilities and dive sites through a roster system and endeavour to distribute fair and equitable use of these sites amongst the members of the association;
  4. To facilitate liaison and good relationships between the members of the association and the said authorities with a view to promoting the future good management and preservation of the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and the marine environment in general, for sustainable and orderly tourism and diving development;
  5. To facilitate liaison with other government authorities not described in section (1), tourism and other industry organizations, research and educational institutions, and the community at large, and represent the views and aims of the association and its members;
  6. To promote the sport of diving in general and primarily at The Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and the Far Northern and Cairns Sections of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park;
  7. To monitor and concern itself with marine conservation in general, in particular as it relates to the sport of scuba diving;
  8. To develop, and comply with, a Code of Practice with a view to enhance the safety of divers, staff and vessels, and the preservation of marine life and dive sites.