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.

Reef e-newsletters

Keep up-to-date with the latest Great Barrier Reef news including events, awards, research, announcements and training opportunities from across the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Tourism Industry Activation and Reef Protection Initiative
Learn more on this Reef project, including engaging tourism operators in reef monitoring and reef site-stewardship actions.
Reef Knowledge System
The System provides a wide range of information on the Great Barrier Reef. It is a key initiative of the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program.
Corporate Plan 2020-21
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Corporate Plan 2020-21 sets our strategic direction for the agency for the next four years.
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.
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.