How you can help

Every action you complete, no matter how small, will contribute to the combined impact of many. Through the cumulative effect of individual choices, we can achieve large-scale positive change.

When visiting the Great Barrier Reef:

  • Use a high standard tourism operator by looking for and booking with tourism operators who have Eco Tourism Australia or EarthCheck certification; 
  • Look, but don’t touch. When snorkeling or diving enjoy the corals and other marine life but keep your distance;
  • Protect coral ecosystems and places like mangroves and sea-grasses are where many marine animals feed and breed, so be careful not to disturb or remove them;
  • Share what you see: Visitors and tourism operators can help through the Eye on the Reef program which includes an app that can be downloaded to record and relay marine wildlife and coral observations, including photos, back to GBRMPA;
  • If boating, anchor away from corals. Anchor on a sandy bottom, so anchors and chains aren’t dragged across corals; 
  • Follow zoning rules. Don’t fish in green (no take) zones, they help protect the reef’s rich biodiversity;
  • Don’t let your litter bug our reef. Dispose of your rubbish properly and pick up debris from beaches and waterways; and
  • Share your experiences through hash-tagging Instagram pictures with #thisisqueensland  @Queensland #seeaustralia @Australia  

Become a Citizen of the Great Barrier Reef 
Unite for the Reef. Join an action. Create change. 

How to help from home:

  • #holdthestraw and say “no thanks” to plastic straws or carry a reusable straw.  If we can’t convince you, nine year old Molly Steer might;
  • #banishthebag – bring your own reusable bags, say not to unnecessary bagging;
  • Carry your cup and say no to single use coffee cups - commit to carrying your own and ditch disposables for good, support cafes who support the reusable cup movement, take 5 and sit in for you coffee or tea;
  • #BYOB (bring your own bottle) – start by reducing you use of bottled water and BYOB, reduce wasteful bottle consumption and support container deposit schemes;
  • No leftovers left behind – only buy what you need, use your leftovers, buy ‘ugly’ fruit and vegetables (we’re talking a question of quality, not safety), compost if you can;
  • Sponsor a Crown of Thorns Starfish (CoTS) Diver – make a donation, learn about the CoTS control program; and
  • Ask your local café, bar or restaurant to go plastic-free. Get your friends, relatives, school or workplace to join in.