Fight For Our Reef

Our beautiful Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems - home to turtles, corals and fish! But its future is threatened by rising ocean temperatures, pollution, creeping industrialisation and overfishing.

Australia must step up and fight for our Great Barrier Reef.

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Home to swirling fish, colourful corals and ancient sea turtles, our magnificent Great Barrier Reef is vital to the health of Australia’s oceans.

The Reef is part of our world heritage and its beauty lifts our spirits. Spanning 2,300 kms along the Queensland coast, it can even be seen from space.

But our Great Barrier Reef’s future is threatened. The mining and burning of coal and gas is heating our planet and cooking our oceans, causing devastating mass coral bleaching. After an unprecedented three mass coral bleaching in just five years, climate change is here and now for the lives and livelihoods our Reef supports. Our Reef is still beautiful but we need urgent action on climate change to give it the best chance for the future. This means we cannot let giant mining corporations like Adani and Clive Palmer’s Central Queensland Coal dig for new coal right in our backyard. 

Simultaneously, water pollution is damaging our Reef. Chemicals and sediment from land-based activities flows into waterways after rainfall and this pollution finds it way into Reef waters. Poor land-use practices like land clearing and the overuse of fertilisers causes an increase in sediment and nutrients in the Reef waters which can result in algal blooms, a buildup of pollutants and sediment and reduce light and smother seagrasses and corals.. We need to restore our Reef inshore waterways and limit the amount of chemicals like pesticide and fertilizer used on the land. A win-win for landowners and our Reef.

Our Reef’s ecosystem is also feeling the pressures of commercial and recreational fishing. The removal of top predators like sharks, can throw the delicate ecosystem out of balance. Many people are not aware that damaging fishing practices like gillnet and trawl fisheries operate in our Reef. These fisheries can impact fragile habitats and are responsible for the bycatch of endangered species. Massive gillnets are indiscriminate killers of iconic threatened species like dugongs, turtles, sawfish and dolphins.

Our Reef is feeling the pressure.  But we know what we need to do. Together, we can call on our leaders and corporations to:

  • Move away from dirty fossil fuels
  • Clean up pollution that starts on the land then flows into our waters
  • And create a fishing industry that doesn’t exploit our precious marine life. 

Thousands of people are already taking action to Fight For Our Reef by writing to leaders, businesses and attending our community events. If we are loud – they will listen. Our leaders have a legal and moral responsibility to protect our Reef and together we will hold them to it.

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Roadmap to save our World Heritage Reef

Our World Heritage listed Reef and the 9000 species that call it home are irreplaceable.

Coastal wetlands

There is more to wetlands than meets the eye.

Coral Bleaching

Coral bleaching is threatening the future of our coral reefs and their sea turtles & colourful fish

Dredging and Shipping Near Our Reef

Hundreds of coal ships plough through Great Barrier Reef waters every year, shipping coal globally.

Volunteer For Our Reef

The natural beauty of our stunning Reef draws thousands of people every year. Help ensure the Reef is here for generations to come. Whether you become an online ambassador or join us to talk with community members at presentations, stalls or doorknocks, we need all hands on deck.

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What we’ve achieved

The Queensland and the Australian governments have committed to remove gillnets from the Great Barrier Reef and improve fisheries transparency to protect some of Australia's iconic species. The majority of gillnets will be removed in 2023, with all to be phased out by 2027. Threatened hammerhead sharks can no longer be taken and new net-free zones will prioritise critical dugong habitat this year.

In February 2023, the Federal Environment Minister rejected the Central Queensland Coal mine proposed only 10km from the Reef. After a six year community-driven campaign that highlighted the mine's risks, the government agreed with independent scientific modelling that sediment from the mine may have increased water pollution and threatened turtle and dugong strongholds.

After a year of nation-wide protest, the Queensland Premier stood up to Adani and vetoed the use of our taxes through the NAIF loan to fund their reef-wrecking mine. Over 70,000 of us made our voices heard!

The fight isn’t over. We must remain vigilant to stop new attempts to use our taxes to subsidise Adani’s Carmichael Mine.

After a long campaign, the Queensland Government committed in September 2019 to new regulations applicable to agricultural, urban and industrial activities within Reef catchments to limit pollution and meet minimum standards.

Chemical and sediment pollution threatens inshore ecosystems, such as corals and seagrass meadows, habitat of threatened turtles and dugongs.

The Queensland Government developed the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy in 2017 as a result of hard campaigning. As part of this strategy, fisheries management is set to be modernised and fish stocks returned to healthy levels. In 2020 we also celebrated an end to a loophole that allowed sharks to be finned on the Reef.