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
- Strategic assessment and 25-year management plan
- Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report
- Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan
Threats to the Reef
- Coastal development and protecting the Great Barrier 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?
- Adapting management to climate change
- Working with tourism operators
- Working with fishers
- Working with schools
- Declining water quality
- Extreme weather
- Remaining impacts from fishing
- Marine debris
Implications for communities
Fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Region is a major part of the lifestyle of regional communities. It is a significant source of employment and contributes to overall economic and social wellbeing.
Potential future declines in the health of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem could be expected to have serious economic implications for local communities as almost all of the Region's economic benefit comes from its natural resources.
Fishing is also socially significant as it is a important recreational activity for many people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have a close connection to the Great Barrier Reef and fishing is an important part of their culture and customs.
The Region is of major importance to Traditional Owners and traditional use of and caring for their sea country reinforces Traditional Owner culture, protocols and connections to the Great Barrier Reef.
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.
We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing animals, plants, and habitats.
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.