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Empowering people to save our reefs and oceans

"Sunshine Coast Council understands that we cannot achieve our sustainability vision for the  region without building productive and enduring partnerships with the community.  Reef Check is  one of a number of organisations that work collaboratively on the Coast with Council, industry and the  wider community to raise awareness and capacity about the outstanding environmental values of our  home, and the need to manage them wisely.  Reef Check's work also contributes to the long term robustness of our economy by helping to conserve, protect and showcase our coasts wonderful marine features."   -Ben McMullen, Coordinator Biosphere and Partnerships with Sunshine Coast Council 


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!

SEQ photosreports2014 SEQ report



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 Sunshine Coast. 


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Project Support

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 Coucil Environment Levy Partnership Grants. The Central Moreton Bay mapping project is supported by Queensland Government's Everyone's Environment Grants and Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd Community Grants Program

In kind support:

  • SEQ Catchments provide office space, mapping support and technical advice

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