The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014 was prepared by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority with assistance and contributions from many others. A number of Australian and Queensland government departments and agencies provided information, expertise and comment throughout the development process. Many Great Barrier Reef scientists willingly contributed their knowledge and information, both formally through a scientific consensus workshop and informally by checking information used in the report to ensure the correct interpretation of results. The scientific consensus workshop was independently facilitated by Greenward Consulting (Trevor Ward). Members of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s twelve Local Marine Advisory Committees (Cooktown, Douglas, Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Hinchinbrook, Townsville, Burdekin/Bowen, Whitsunday, Mackay, Capricorn Coast, Gladstone Region, Burnett) and members of Reef Guardian Councils and Reef Guardian Schools provided advice on relevant aspects during the Report’s development. The independent assessment of the existing measures to protect and manage the Great Barrier Reef was led by Uniquest Pty Ltd (Marc Hockings and Andrea Leverington) with assistance with the defence, ports and shipping assessments by Ground Zero Environmental Pty Ltd (Colin Trinder, John Polglaze). Their report was independently peer reviewed by Brian Gilligan and Bob Spiers, two experts in assessing the effectiveness of protected area management. Finally, the contents of the Outlook Report were formally peer reviewed by Neil Byron (University of Canberra, Australia), Peter Fairweather (Flinders University, Australia), Terry Hughes (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australia) and Peter Valentine (James Cook University, Australia).
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority acknowledges the continuing sea country management and custodianship of the Great Barrier Reef by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners whose rich cultures, heritage values, enduring connections and shared efforts protect the Reef for future generations.