Improving the health of coastal ecosystems

There are many actions that can be taken to reduce pressures on coastal ecosystems.

Work is already underway on regional-scale natural resource planning which is identifying priority areas for protecting, re-establishing, restoring and rehabilitating coastal ecosystems and habitat corridors.

Other steps that would improve the health of coastal ecosystems include:

  • removing physical barriers to improve connections between coastal and marine habitats 
  • providing or returning natural flows to rivers and streams that enter the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • reinstating connections between coastal ecosystems through rehabilitation of riparian areas around lakes, rivers and streams, building fishways and removing aquatic weeds and pests.

Through our engagement with Australian and Queensland government agencies and local councils, we aim to identify if these actions are enough to halt and reverse the decline in the health and resilience of coastal ecosystems

  • Free zoning app

    Zoning maps

    If you're heading out on the water, download and use the free zoning app so you know where you can go and what you can do.

  • Important milestone

    40 years anniversary

    We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Visit the Reef

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    Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing animals, plants, and habitats.

  • What you can do

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    Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. Find out what you can do to help protect this great Australian icon.

  • Report marine strandings


    If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)

  • Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

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    A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Current Conditions

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    Current Conditions: Environmental and climatic forecasts for the Great Barrier Reef