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Reef Check in SEQ
South East Queensland (SEQ) is a transitional area where tropical, sub-tropical and temperate species all exist within the same habitat area. As habitat and species shifts may be likely as a result of climate change, as well as pressures from anthropogenic threats, this transitional area is gaining recognition as an important area to study and protect (Wallace, Fellegara, Muir, & Harrison, 2009).
Our volunteer monitoring activities provide valuable information where there is currently a serious gap in the data; many of the sites Reef Check visits annually do not have regular long-term monitoring programs. Reef Check monitors more than 20 locations stretching from Noosa on the Sunshine Coast to Palm Beach on the Gold Coast.
Water quality is a serious issue within the area, which includes Moreton Bay - a Ramsar Wetland site. This region is also growing rapidly, placing increasing human pressures on these unique systems. It is imperative to assess the health of these reefs to ensure these valuable resources are understood and maintained so that human impacts can be identified and managed.
You might be surprised about the amazing coral communities than can be found along the SEQ coast!
Reef Check's regional history
Following the success of our flagship GBR project, Reef Check Australia's South East Queensland (SEQ) project was established in 2007 to monitor rocky reef sites between the Gold Coast, Brisbane area and the Sunshine Coast.
Key news stories
- Totally Wild (Oct 2015)
- Indigenous owners survey Bay's reefs (May 2014)
- Beach clean up for baby turtles (Feb 2014)
- Divers take to the sea for Amity clean up (March 2013)
- SCOPE episode: REEFSearch and Citizen Science (2013)
You can get involved too! Learn, explore, appreciate and protect the unique reefs on your doorstep.
- Be a REEFSearcher
- Check out our SEQ poster
- Read our reports
- Follow us on Facebook or Instagram
- Become a surveyor (August-Feb annually)
- Help in the office or at events
- Donate to support our programs
- Invite one of our Reef Check Ambassadors to participate at your event!
The 2015-2016 SEQ Survey Season is supported by funding through Australian Government's 25th Anniversary Landcare Programme, Queensland Government's Everyone's Environment Grants and Sunshine Coast Council Environment Levy Partnership Grants.
In kind support:
- SEQ Catchments provide office space, mapping support and technical advice
- Nautilus Scuba SUPERCAT
- Point Lookout Scuba Diving Charters
- Scuba World
- Go Dive Brisbane
- Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre
- Sunreef Scuba Diving Services
- Snorkel and Dive Safari Southport
- Cooly Dive