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"As the official caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, I really gained an understanding of this unique  natural wonder of the world and what it takes to maintain an preserve such a valuable asset.  We can preserve  the future of this highly sensitive eco0system for generations to come and working with Reef Check  Australia on the Best Expedition in the World was a chance to help with the health of the Great Barrier Reef." -Ben Southall, Tourism Queensland Ambassador 


Reef Check on the GBR

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).  The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland from the top of Cape York south to Lady Elliot Island (just north of mainland Bundaberg).  A majority of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) which manages the reef for multiple uses (fishing, diving, recreational boating, etc).  The Reef was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981 and is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Reef Check monitors 25 sites which are located in 4 main regions of the coast of Queensland - Cairns/Port Douglas, Townsville, the Whitsunday Islands  and the Southern GBR (Heron Island and Lady Elliot Island.

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Reef Check's regional history 

The Great Barrier Reef Project has been running since 2001 and involves long-term monitoring of more than 25 key dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef.  From 2011-2013, we expanded our monitoring locations to encompass the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef, including Heron Island and Lady Elliot Island. 

This is our flagship project. Reef Check Australia began when a small group of marine biologists and dive tourism professionals got together to devise a program that engages the general public in monitoring key dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef. The project grew from a masters project run out of internet cafes in Port Douglas to an award-winning project with more than a decade of data on key reef tourism locations.


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Project Support

Our 2014-2015 program is supported through the Together Townsville Program with Townsville City Council and Townsville Airport, the Gladstone Ports Corporation's Community Investment Program and a Queensland Government's Everyone's Environment Grant.

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