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Rangers protecting the Reef

From tagging turtles to cleaning the shore line, rangers work every day to look after the Great Barrier Reef.

The rangers taking action to protect the Reef and islands are Field Management Program Rangers and Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers.

Ranger activities are tailored to meet local needs. For the Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program, these activities are negotiated by the communities, local landholders, government and Traditional Owners and can include:

  • weeds and feral animal management
  • fire management
  • biodiversity surveys of local species and habitats
  • support for local disaster recovery efforts
  • visitor management and education.
The Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers at work.
The Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers at work.
Tracey Solomon and Diane Smallwood from Gudjuda group, weigh and tag a green turtle as part of their conservation work.
Tracey Solomon and Diane Smallwood from Gudjuda group, weigh and tag a green turtle as part of their conservation work.

Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers also participate in the conservation of cultural sites and stories.

Rangers from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service work as part of the Field Management Program to protect the Reef every day through:

  • Reef health and impact surveys
  • coastal bird monitoring
  • undertaking pest management projects
  • providing visitor infrastructure, such as moorings and walking tracks
  • upholding compliance with the zoning plans
  • planned burning activities
  • assessing risks of spills
  • responding to incidents in the World Heritage Area including vessel groundings.

But as the video above shows, it is far more than a job to them. Our rangers are passionate about what they do.

Help the rangers when visiting the Reef

When visiting the Reef, you can help the rangers by enjoying the Reef responsibly and participating in a Citizen Science program to monitor the health of corals and marine animals.

Find more actions on how to help the reef