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Conserving the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef needs no introduction. Nestled in Queensland’s Coral Sea and spanning over 2600 kms, the reef is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms called coral polyps.

Despite being such an extraordinary, irreplaceable natural resource, the Reef is constantly at risk. Over the past 40 years, ACF has worked to conserve this unique ecosystem and protect it from the threat of petroleum extraction, limestone mining, overfishing and trawling.

Perhaps our greatest success was influencing the expansion of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in 2003 and 2004. Over 3500 dedicated submissions from our supporters to the Marine Park Authority saw environmentally protected areas of the Reef increase from 5 per cent to one third of its expanse.

Over the past 40 years, ACF has worked to conserve this unique ecosystem and protect it from the threat of petroleum extraction, limestone mining, overfishing and trawling

We pushed for the formation of a single body to oversee the reef, which resulted in the establishment of the National Park and the Maritime Authority. With the support of the community we advocated for World Heritage Listing for the Reef, which was achieved in 1983 after an extensive media campaign.

Today, the Reef faces ongoing challenges such as coral bleaching, caused by increases in water temperature linked to global warming. Melting sea ice and climbing global temperatures pose a real and pronounced threat to the viability of this national treasure.

We stand for the Great Barrier’s ongoing preservation, so future generations can appreciate the diversity of life that flourishes in the Reef.