Science and research
Managing the Great Barrier Reef relies on good knowledge and information.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) uses the best available research, scientific data and information to underpin the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
This information is collected by a large number of experts, researchers and organisations, and covers hundreds of topics from the detailed biology and ecology of particular animals and plants, to the types of interactions and experiences people have with the Reef, and the economic benefits the Reef brings to our community.
The GBRMPA uses scientific information in many ways, including:
- Measuring impacts to the Reef (including cumulative impacts)
- Identifying emerging risks to the Reef
- Defining objectives (including targets)
- Setting triggers for management intervention
- Developing policy and management strategies and assessing performance
- Providing expert advice
- Making decisions (for example permits and environmental impact assessments)
- Adaptive management
- Raising awareness
- State of the environment reporting
- Developing community partnerships based on shared understanding
- Preparing the Outlook Report.
If you're heading out on the water, don't forget your free Zoning Map so you know where you can go and what you can do.
The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. If you're lucky enough to see a humpback whale from May to September, make sure you keep a safe distance.
We're delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park's World Heritage listing.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing plants, animals and habitats. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.
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.
If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL
(1300 264 625)
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.