Join the Fight for the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world

But it is under threat from widespread, rapid and damaging set of industrial developments.

The Queensland Government is fast-tracking the dredging and dumping of millions of tonnes of seabed and rock in the Reef’s waters, and a near-doubling of bulk carriers cutting through the Reef.

The federal government is considering approval of these developments, including the world’s biggest coal port at Abbot Point, 50 km from the Whitsunday Islands.

It’s your Reef, but you’re going to have to fight for it.

Fight for the Reef is a partnership between WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

Fight for the Reef is working with the Australian community to protect the Reef, the $6 billion tourism industry and the 60,000 jobs it supports.

Join the Fight

The Fight continues...

Together, we have achieved incredible things – like inspiring over 250,000 people from 160 different countries to ‘vote for the Reef’ in our YouNesco campaign in June of 2014, or reaching over 16 million people with our #FightfortheReef hashtag on Twitter. Watch the videos below for these highlights and more... but don’t forget the fight isn’t over yet! We need as many people as possible to join us.

Learn more about the Fight for the Reef.

Nemo for Queensland

Nemo for Queensland campaign. / ©: WWF-Australia
Follow Nemo on the campaign trail as he announces the policies needed to protect our Great Barrier Reef.


What the scientists say

Scientists tell us that because the Reef is already under major stress all future impacts need to be minimised. Their concern about industrialisation resulted in two independently authored science declarations.

The first, co-authored by Professor Hugh Possingham and released in June 2013, was signed by more than 150 scientists. It said in part:

"We … are concerned about the additional pressures that will be exerted by expansion of coastal ports and industrial development accompanied by a projected near-doubling in shipping, major coastal reclamation works, large-scale seabed dredging and dredge spoil disposal – all either immediately adjacent to, or within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area."

Full statement here