National Science Week

How do we use science to manage the Reef? Join our experts from the Marine Park Authority in a range of virtual events with presentations, discussion panels and Q&A audience sessions as part of National Science Week.

Coral bleaching

You may have seen and heard a lot about what’s happening on the Great Barrier Reef this year. We’ve put together some information and an explainer video on coral bleaching to separate fact from fiction when it comes to what’s happening on the Reef right now.

Councils along the Great Barrier Reef are leading the nation in driving local action to support a healthy Great Barrier Reef.

Joint Media Release: Protecting the world's largest green turtle population
An innovative three-and-a-half-year, $5.9 million research project is set to get underway on the Great Barrier Reef to preserve and nurture the world’s largest green turtle population.
Reef 2050 - 2019 Annual Report
The 2019 Annual Report provides an overview of progress in implementing the Reef 2050 Plan from December 2018 to November 2019.
Joint Media Release: Crown of Thorns Starfish control secured
Contracts worth $28.6 million have been awarded to help win the race against coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) on the Great Barrier Reef.
Great Barrier Reef tourism and regional economic boost
An estimated $3 million in further fee relief from the Minister for Environment’s portfolio will be provided to local tourism businesses, as well as an additional $2.6 million to upgrade Reef HQ’s tourism infrastructure.
Reef Fact
Reef Facts

The average depth of inshore waters - on outer reefs, continental slopes extend down more than 2000 metres

344,400 km2

Approximately half the size of Texas

Increased fines for illegal activities

From 1 July 2020, fines for illegal activities in the Marine Park have increased.

Outlook Report

Every five years, we publish an Outlook Report that examines the Great Barrier Reef’s health, pressures, and likely future. We also produce an in brief summary of the report.

Crown-of-thorns starfish control program

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority runs a crown-of-thorns starfish control program to protect a network of priority coral reefs from outbreaks of coral-eating starfish.