What Australia is doing to manage the Great Barrier Reef

Australian Government, 2014

December 2014

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world. This massive reef system is loved by Australians and visited by people from across the globe. It is the backyard for more than one million people living in the reef region, including traditional owners whose connection with this sea country goes back tens of thousands of years.

We all have a common goal—protecting and managing the reef for current and future generations.

This is no small task, but Australia is a world leader in marine park management. The reef is so large it can be seen from space. The maze of 3000 coral reefs and 1050 islands is spread over 348 000 km2—an area the size of Italy—and stretches 2300 km along Australia’s north-east coast.

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