Great Barrier Reef – What WWF is doing
Improving water quality
Effective action must be taken now to reduce land-based sources of sediment, nutrient and pesticide pollution.
Find out more about how WWF is working with farmers to reduce pollution.
The future impacts of global warming must be included in government plans regarding the reef. It is imperative that action be taken at a national level to reduce CO² emissions.
Ending Poor Fishing Practices
Sustainable levels of fishing in the marine park are needed to minimise the impacts on the reef’'s biodiversity.
Read more about WWF’s work with commercial fisheries to end poor fishing practices.
Building and maintaining a network of well- funded, enforced and monitored marine sanctuaries throughout the reef is essential to protecting representative areas. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are also important for those regions of special or unique biological value.
Click here for information about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
Why we should save the Great Barrier Reef?
- 1,500 species of fish;
- 411 types of hard coral;
- one-third of the world’s soft corals;
- 134 species of sharks and rays;
- six of the world’'s seven species of threatened marine turtles; and
- more than 30 species of marine mammals, including the vulnerable dugong.