Research activities

Image of coral feeding at night Great Barrier Reef, QLD. Image credit Tracey Jones Photography

Scientists collect coral spawn on the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority recognises the important role that research plays in contributing to our understanding of the Great Barrier Reef.

Research provides us with a scientific basis for management decisions, which helps us in protecting the environment and biodiversity and heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Zoning Plan and regulations set out the way research activities are managed in the Marine Parks.

The guidelines for managing research in the Marine Park outline our approach to managing research activities and key considerations and limitations in relation to research.

When is a permit needed?

Most research requires a permit issued jointly by the Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Some research may be conducted without the Marine Park Authority’s written permission, provided certain conditions are satisfied.

Permit applications for restoration/adaptation projects to improve resilience of habitats in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park