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.

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.

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.

The Reef 2050 Plan

Reef 2050

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

Strategic assessment

Link to Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment page

Australia has undertaken a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone.

 

Get the Facts

Let’s dump Great Barrier Reef dredging myths: authority chief
Dr Russell Reichelt Chair Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority article in The Conversation discusses the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s decision to approve the disposal of dredge material from Abbott Point.

Reef facts
Queensland Government web site Reef Facts summarises protection and conservation of the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area

 

 


Photos: © Commonwealth of Australia (GBRMPA)