Annual Report 2012-13

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority works towards the long-term protection, ecologically sustainable use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef for all Australians and the international community, through the care and development of the Marine Park.

In 2012–13, we worked towards this outcome by focusing on three main objectives:

  1. Addressing the key risks affecting the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef
  2. Ensuring management supports ecologically sustainable use
  3. Fostering stewardship by engaging, educating and inspiring people through the care and management of the Marine Park.

A key focus for us during this reporting period was conducting a strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef Region — we undertook the marine component of a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone.

Another key focus was the crown-of-thorns outbreak, which continued to be one of the most significant threats to the health of coral cover on the Reef. We worked closely with the Association of Marine Mark Tourism Operators on a targeted control program that saw 95,000 of these native pests culled from 71 reefs.


2012-13 annual report and highlights document

Key focuses included a crown-of-thorns starfish control program and strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef Region.

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