Eye on the Reef program

Eye on the Reef is a reef monitoring and assessment program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

The  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.

There are a number of different ways that people can take part  - depending on skill levels and commitment. But everyone's contribution is welcome and people from all walks of life from day trippers, tourists, fishers, Marine Park rangers, marine tourism staff and marine scientists are encouraged to get involved and report their observations to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Read about the highlights and outcomes of the Eye on the Reef program.

Eye on the Reef app

One of the easiest ways to get involved is to download the Eye on the Reef app and share photos of what you have seen out on the Reef.  This can be anything from wildlife (including protected species,) to pests like Crown- of- thorns starfish or marine pollution, to special events like coral spawning.You can also use this app to help identify the wildlife you've seen and share your Eye on the Reef sighting photos on social media.

Rapid Monitoring Survey

Reef users with a little more time and experience may want to get more involved and use an underwater monitoring slate to record more specific keystone species and crucial Reef health observations. This is called the Rapid Monitoring Survey and observations can be uploaded through an online webpage for submission to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.  An online multimedia training course is available to assist in completing these surveys.

For marine scientists, marine tourism operators and marine rangers, there are other surveys to get involved in that require more regular participation and commitment. These include Reef Health and Impact Surveys, that are run in partnership with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. There is also a Tourism Operators Weekly Monitoring Survey.All  information collected through the Eye on the Reef program is combined in a singledata management and reporting system (Eye on the Reef Survey Activity map).This data provides Marine Park managers and researchers with up-to-date information on reef health status and trends, the distribution of protected and iconic species, and early warnings of environmental impacts.The data is available to all registered users.

To register your interest in the program, please complete the Eye on the Reef online registration.

Eye on the Reef monitoring system

Login to report and view your Rapid Monitoring, Tourism Weekly, and Reef Health and Impact Survey observations.

Read more on Eye on the Reef monitoring system

Using the Eye on the Reef app

Download the free Eye on the Reef smart phone app from iTunes/Google play app store or you can use the desktop app to report your Reef sightings.

Read more on Using the Eye on the Reef app
  • Free zoning app

    Zoning maps

    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.

  • Important milestone

    40 years anniversary

    We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.

  • What you can do

    purple coral

    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.