The Woppaburra people’s Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) covers the Keppel Islands and surrounding sea country. It covers 561 square kilometres of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and was the first offshore agreement of its kind. The Woppaburra agreement took effect on 30 June 2014 and will run for 10 years. It was the first such agreement accredited for 10 years, a period which has become a standard for all new Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements accredited by the Australian and Queensland governments.
Under the agreement the Woppaburra people will continue to develop and implement important sea country management initiatives in partnership with marine management agencies and other organisations. This includes working with scientists and researchers, managing traditional hunting protocols, monitoring of plants and animals and compliance training.