Using the Eye on the Reef app
Report your sightings, know your zone and learn about the Reef
The Eye on the Reef app can be downloaded onto any smart phone device and used for many purposes.
- Sightings: The app can be used to capture, submit and share your sightings, photographs and short video recordings seen within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
- Zoning: The app also includes the Zoning Maps feature which you can use to plan your trip, learn the rules about what you can do in a location, pinpoint exactly where you are on the Reef when you’re out there, and know what’s allowed in each zone.
- Education: It can also be used as an educational tool to learn more about your favourite Great Barrier Reef creatures. Use the app to tell us about the amazing creatures you have seen in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The observations, photographs and video recordings submitted help us to build knowledge about the diversity, abundance, habitats and range of marine animals. It also provides up-to-date information on the distribution of protected and iconic species such as marine turtles and Maori wrasse.
A sighting can be anything a Reef user feels important enough to report and can include incidents like a bleaching event, Crown-of-thorns starfish, stranded or sick wildlife, and coral damage. Other sightings are often special moments like seeing protected species, charismatic wildlife and awe-inspiring events like mass spawning.
We welcome sightings from within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, as well as adjacent areas such as the Coral Sea, Gulf of Carpentaria and southern Queensland region.
The Sightings Network was first established in 2007 as partnership between the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Queensland Government and the tourism industry. Since then, Reef users have used it to record thousands of sightings. In 2013 the Eye on the Reef app was developed to make the recording and entry of sightings easier.