How are people helping the Great Barrier Reef?
People are helping the great barrier reef in a number of ways,
killing and trying to control the population of crown-of-thorns sea
stars is just one example. Raising money for it after natural
disasters such as the Queensland floods and cyclone is another.
There are numerous groups making an effort to help the Great
The Species Conservation Unit monitors certain vertebrate species
in the Great Barrier reef and provide specialised advice to
minimise human impact and its associated risks on Protected
Naming and recognition of the Great Barrier Reef in 1981 as a World
Heritage Area helps raise public awareness of the need to conserve
the reef, as well as enabling laws which specifically help protect
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority works in assocaition
with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owner groups
to understand how they have managed to conserve the reef yet
utilise its resources with minimal impact. Together, these two
groups develop and maintain Sea Country Partnerships which will
help sustain and conserve the reef.
Australia is one of the countries of the world implementing a
Biodiversity Action Planwhich helps to protect the Great Barrier
There are regions along the coast near the Great Barrier Reef where
use of chemical and pesticides by farmers is being closely
monitored, in light of revelations that the chemicals are damaging
the ecosystem of the Reef.
Restrictions in boating, fishing, and various other activities
have, increasingly, been put in place, to help protect the Great
Barrier Reef from further destruction. Nevertheless, it is still an
extremely vulnerable ecosystem, and remains threatened.