How can I help?
With sustainable eco-tourism, actions to help minimise climate change and citizen science, there are ways we can all help.
Visiting the Reef
By supporting the tourism industry, you can help support an economy that is committed to preserving the wonder of the Reef. Choose a certified eco-tourism operator, take your children, and teach the next generation to love and protect the Great Barrier Reef for years to come.
And while you’re there, take a little care to enjoy the Reef without damaging it. You can get tips on how to be Reef friendly.
Climate change action
Climate change is the biggest threat to the Reef with warming oceans contributing to the recent, severe coral bleaching. It’s a big issue but it is within our collective means to solve it.
You can start by looking at ways to reduce your carbon footprint – for example, choose a car based on its fuel efficiency, use public transport where possible, wash clothes in cold water, buy green energy, and upgrade your lightbulbs.
Reduce litter for a healthy Reef and healthy animals
From river to reef, it’s all connected. Green turtles foraging in Moreton Bay journey to Raine Island to nest, rubbish in your local creek flows to the ocean and can harm marine animals. To protect the Reef and its wildlife, these are a few simple suggestions to try to work into your everyday:
- recycle as much as you can
- reduce your purchase of plastics or excessive packaging
- use reusable shopping bags, water bottles and coffee cups.
Join the citizen science movement
If you’re visiting or live near the Great Barrier Reef, you can help our Reef scientists and researchers by getting involved in any of these programs.
- ReefBlitz 2018
ReefBlitz is an annual citizen science event that runs throughout Queensland to encourage communities to get involved in reef health. Activities are led by the Reef Citizen Science Alliance and focus on hands-on actions to look after Queensland’s catchments and reefs. ReefBlitz runs throughout October.
- Eye on the Reef
Eye on the Reef is a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority monitoring program and anyone can participate, anywhere on the Reef, and record their observations – from the inexperienced, casual visitor to the more avid Reef explorer.
CoralWatch is a citizen science project in which anyone visiting the Reef can help to monitor coral and contribute to a global coral database.
- Reef Check Australia
Reef Check Australia encourages people to contribute to their research efforts and offers a variety of ways to get involved.
- Project Manta
For intrepid divers, The University of Queensland’s Project Manta asks participants to take photographs of manta rays. These gentle marine animals are listed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’. Researchers seek to better understand population information to gain baseline knowledge for the long-term survival of the species.
- Tangaroa Blue Foundation
Tangaroa Blue Foundation coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative a national platform for citizen scientists and partners dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris and ocean pollution.