Threats to the Reef
- Climate change
- Coastal development
- Land-based run-off
- Extreme weather
- Remaining impacts from fishing
- Marine debris
Strategies to manage the Reef
- Reef 2050 Plan
- Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program
- Reef Blueprint
- Strategic assessment and 25-year management plan
- Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report
- Science for management
- Visitor contributions to the Reef
Managing activities and use
- Managing Commonwealth Islands
- Ports along the Great Barrier Reef
- Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef
- Fisheries in the Marine Park
- East coast otter trawl fishery
- East coast reef line fishery
- East coast inshore finfish
- East coast dive based
- Fisheries management
- Submission to proposed fisheries reforms and management review discussion papers May 2018
- Recreation on the Great Barrier Reef
- Tools to manage the Reef
Our programs and projects
- Field Management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Eye on the Reef
- Reef Guardians
- Reef Guardian Schools
- Reef Guardian Councils
- Reef Guardian Fishers
- Reef Guardian Farmers and Graziers
- Marine Monitoring Program
- Douglas Shoal environmental remediation project
- Crown-of-thorns starfish control
- International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)
- Overview of the Representative Areas Program
Current state and trends
Information about fish stock trends is variable between species. The commercial catch of some species has gone down over recent years and physical habitats are generally well protected by Zoning Plans.
The amount of fisheries product taken from different areas in the Great Barrier Reef varies for each of the major commercial fisheries. Net and pot fisheries are generally undertaken close to the coast whereas trawling and line fishing extend further offshore.
Global fisheries trends influence those of the Great Barrier Reef. As wild-caught fisheries throughout the world continue to be exploited, the economic value of Reef fisheries resources and the pressure to exploit them increases.
If you're heading out on the water, download and use the free zoning app 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.