Cairns and Port Douglas are famous gateways for tourists to come and enjoy the Great Barrier Reef first hand. The high numbers of visitors make these areas of high socio-economic value from the tourism industry. The reefs are essential to local communities.
Project History and Achievements
Reef Check Australia has been working with tourism operators in the Cairns and Port Douglas region since our start.
We have a number of monitoring in the area that tourism operators help teams of trained volunteers visit each year. We're also looking to build more of a local hub in this critical reef area.
Along with continuing our reef health monitoring, the RCA team is involved with ReefBlitz activities in the region.
We've been monitoring sites in Cairns and Port Douglas since our early days.
In 2016 and 2017 the Great Barrier Reef was hit hard by two years of consecutive mass coral bleaching. A number of sites in the Cairns and Port Douglas area were subject to consecutive years of bleaching. But there is still so much here to celebrate.
Our monitoring sites in the region include locations such as Low Isles, Opal Reef, Agincourt Reef, Hastings Reef and Moore Reef. In 2017, the RCA survey team also launched new sites at Fitzroy Island.
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Read more in our regional reports.
Moments of Fame
Regional Program Supporters
Our current activities in Cairns and Port Douglas are supported through a donation from the Clarke's One for Tomorrow program and by donations from people like YOU.
Dive Industry Supporters
Cairns Dive Centre | Calypso Snorkel & Dive | Fitzroy Island Resort | Reef Magic Cruises | Sunlover Reef Cruises