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.

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There are numerous groups making an effort to help the Great Barrier Reef.

  • 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 Species.
  • 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 Reef.
  • 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 Reef.
  • 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.