Update: August 2019

The Great Barrier
Reef Fight For Our Reef

Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on the planet. People travel across the globe to see its magnificent corals, swirling schools of fish, sea turtles, whales, and dolphins. Greatly impacted by carbon pollutions, coral reefs are on the frontline of climate change

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Fight For Our Reef

The project has been a defining campaign throughout a 50-year history. From working with climate and coral reef scientists to building support for strong climate action to protect the Reef, AMCS has been at the vanguard of saving our Reef, shaping the laws, zoning and World Heritage protection for the largest living ecosystem on Earth. The main focus of the project is to combat carbon pollution and rapidly transform Australia’s energy future. We are in a race against time to save the greatest reef on Planet Earth.

"Combat carbon pollution and rapidly transform Australia’s energy future. We are in a race against time to save the greatest reef on Planet Earth."

“The Great Barrier Reef is unique as it extends over 14 degrees of latitude, from shallow estuarine areas to deep oceanic waters. Within this vast expanse are a unique range of ecological communities, habitats, and species – all of which make the Reef one of the most complex natural ecosystems in the world.”

Jason Hincks, AMCS President

Five Fun Facts

1. Spanning 2,300 kms along the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef can even be seen from space.

2. Coral reefs play a vital role in managing the planet’s carbon dioxide levels and minimising the impact of global warming.

3. The Great Barrier Reef is home to about 10% of the world’s total fish species and 6 of the 7 species of marine turtle.

4. The Great Barrier Reef includes some 3000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and about 150 inshore mangrove islands.

5. The Great Barrier Reef is an economic powerhouse, contributing an estimated $5.6 billion each year to the Australian economy and supporting around 70,000 jobs.

News

Future of Great Barrier Reef needs to be on the Council of Australian Governments agenda

The future of the Great Barrier Reef under a rapidly-warming climate should be on the agenda at this week’s Council of Australian Governments meeting in Cairns, says the AMCS

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Canegrowers PR Campaign Can’t Hide The Facts On The Great Barrier Reef’s Water Quality

A sugarcane industry public relations campaign launched against new water quality regulations is generating further risk for the future of the Great Barrier Reef, says the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

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Long term Reef Monitoring Report Waves Burning Red flag for our Reef, says AMCS

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has today released their latest coral monitoring report which waves a burning red flag for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The latest update to their Long Term Reef Monitoring Program – Annual Summary Report on Coral Reef Condition for 2018/19 shows coral decline on an unparalleled scale, due primarily to the impacts of climate change.

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We stand with nature

Australian Marine Conservation Society

The organisation is Australia’s only national charity dedicated solely to protecting the country’s precious ocean wildlife. AMCS is an independent charity, staffed by a committed group of scientists, educators and passionate advocates who have defended Australia’s oceans for over 50 years. AMCS works on the big issues that threaten ocean wildlife. Together with their supporters, they have protected critical ocean ecosystems with marine reserves around the nation. They have led the movement to ban whaling, stopped supertrawlers, and protected threatened and endangered species like the Australian Sea Lion.