Eye on the Reef

Eye on the Reef - Chris Jones

The Reef is bigger than Italy - citizen science provides valuable information on this vast area

Our Eye on the Reef monitoring and assessment program enables anyone who visits the Great Barrier Reef to contribute to its long-term protection by collecting valuable information about reef health, marine animals and incidents that is used to understand the bigger picture and inform how we manage the Reef.

There's a number of ways to get involved and everyone's contribution is welcomed — whether you're a regular day tripper, tourist on their first visit, fisher, Marine Park ranger, marine tourism staff or marine scientist.

One of the easiest ways anyone can get involved is by downloading our free Eye on the Reef app to record reef health, animal sightings or incidents. There's also other monitoring programs for people who visit the Reef more regularly, have more time or marine biology knowledge, or are willing to be part in training.

If you're interested in getting started, download the Eye on the Reef educational brochure or check out the information here to see how you can contribute citizen science information to Australia's lead management agency for the Great Barrier Reef.

And if you can't get out to the Reef, but are interested in what's happening in this great natural wonder, our interactive Sightings Network map allows anyone in the world to see the amazing wildlife being encountered and recorded by visitors to the Great Barrier Reef.

Eye on the Reef survey activity

Eye on the Reef Survey activity conducted in the last two years. If you are an official qualified surveyor, please login in to the Eye on the Reef Survey platform.

Image of Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray, Great Barrier Reef, QLD. Image credit SWB Photography

Have you seen something cool and interesting out in the Reef? Help contribute to protect this natural wonder by downloading the Eye on the Reef app.

Manta Ray swimming beside coral with fish and water surface in background - Image credit Jordan Robins Photography

How to use the Eye on the Reef app. When your out of the Great Barrier Reef, the Eye on the Reef app is the best way to see with other Reef lovers, managers and scientists.