Reef Check’s E-News
"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
Monitoring subtropical rocky reefs in South East Queensland
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.
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!
Key news stories
- 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
- Express interest in the new Reef Check Ambassadors program
The 2014 SEQ Survey Season is supported by funding through Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd Community Grants Program and Sunshine Coast Coucil Environment Levy Partnership Grants. Long-term data reporting and consultations are being undertaken with support from the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country.
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
- Dive Noosa
- Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre
- Sunreef Scuba Diving Services
- Stradbroke Ferries