Reef Protection Programs
The Great Barrier Reef enjoys the support from various Reef Protection Programs that help to keep the reef as healthy as possible. Below are a list of programs we support.
Eye on the Reef
Eye on the Reef is a powerful monitoring program that enables anyone who visits the Great Barrier Reef to contribute to its long-term protection. The Eye on the Reef program brings together five assessment and monitoring programs that collect valuable information about reef health, marine animals and incidents.
Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (CoTS) Control Programs
The Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is a coral eating starfish native to coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. They are named after the dense spines radiating from their arms and they belong to the same group as all starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and brittlestars. CoTS numbers have dramatically increased over the years to plague proportions eating their way through reefs. Read More
Save Our Sea Turtles
The Sea Turtles are brought into the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre from the Great Barrier Reef and Cape York Peninsula. The most common turtles we see through the rehab centre are the Green turtle and Hawksbill turtle, these turtles can stay in the centre anywhere between 6 to 24 months until they are healthy enough to be released.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) Reef Guardian program recognises the good environmental work undertaken by communities and industries to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
The program demonstrates a hands-on, community-based approach can make a real difference to the health and resilience of the Reef.