The Great Barrier Reef

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Great Barrier Reef

Recreational diving in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef

Past commercial harvesting of species such as green turtles seriously depleted their populations

Diver surveying in the waters of Moore Reef

Dugong

Tourists snorkelling on the reef

Deep red featherstar attached to large Pavona coral

Improved land management practices are reducing pollutant loads into the Region

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth and one of the best managed marine areas in the world. At 348,000 square kilometres, the Reef is one of the richest and most diverse natural ecosystems on Earth.

The unique qualities of this property were recognised in 1981 when it was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Managing and protecting the Reef

Link to Protecting the Reef page

The management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef is an ongoing priority for the Australian and Queensland governments and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

World Heritage

Link to Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area page

One of Australia's first World Heritage Areas, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem and is probably the best-known marine protected area in the world.

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan

Reef 2050

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan is Australia’s long-term plan for protecting the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent coastal zone.

Reef Trust

Link to Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment page

The Reef Trust will combine both Australian Government and private funds to focus on improving coastal habitat and water quality throughout the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent catchments.

 

 

 


Photos: © Commonwealth of Australia (GBRMPA)