How the Reef is managed
- Managing multiple uses
- Marine Monitoring Program
- Eye on the Reef program
- Water quality in the Great Barrier Reef
- Science for management
- Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef
- Recreation on the Great Barrier Reef
- Fisheries in the Marine Park
- Field Management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Managing Commonwealth Islands
- Register of management arrangements
- Douglas Shoal environmental remediation project
- Managing for a resilient Reef
- Strategic assessment and 25-year management plan
- Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report
Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan
- Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan
- Reef 2050 policies
- Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program
Threats to the Reef
- Climate change
- How climate change is affecting the Reef
- What does this mean for species?
- Climate change impacts on microscopic organisms
- Climate change impacts on marine plants
- Climate change impacts on corals
- Climate change impacts on fish
- Climate change impacts on marine mammals
- Climate change impacts on marine reptiles
- Climate change impacts on seabirds
- Climate change impacts on seabed dwellers
- What does this mean for habitats?
- What does this mean for communities and industries?
- Climate Change Action Plan 2012-2017
- Current conditions on the Reef
- Coastal development and protecting the Great Barrier Reef
- Declining water quality
- Extreme weather
- Remaining impacts from fishing
- Marine debris
- Climate change
Climate change impacts on Indigenous communities
Climate changes are not new to Indigenous communities, and many communities along the Queensland coast have assimilated stories about changing climates into their identity.
Users of the Marine Park may experience a reduction in recreational enjoyment as a result of climate change, which could lead to changes in the relationship between individuals and the Reef. This may affect traditional and Indigenous identity, culture and belonging, and recreational opportunities for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
One of the key areas of concern for Traditional Owners is the impact of increased sea temperatures and potential changes in seasonal patterns on the availability of plant and animal life for traditional uses.
In addition, climate change may impact their totems. Totems are used to identify Traditional Owner groups and may be represented in a number of marine animals and plants. As totems are an important part of Traditional Owner cultural identity and are especially significant in song and dance, any loss of totem animals and plants would have significant impact on the cultural identity of Traditional Owners including their lore and kinship relationships.
Also several owners believe that climate change will have a significant impact on their communities, resulting in the displacement of people from coastal communities through an increase in sea level.
While several Traditional Owners have identified potential impacts from climate change on themselves and their culture, others accept that change is inevitable and essentially part of the natural order of their country and it has occurred in the past.
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.
Current Conditions: Environmental and climatic forecasts for the Great Barrier Reef