Reef Trust Partnership grants announced - see the projects working to improve Reef health

11 projects to improve Reef water quality

Reef builds a following at 4th World Science Festival

Banana growers' sweet news for the Reef

Mapping project goes sky high

Reef health check results

Behind the scenes helping turtles

Creature feature

Community Reef protection


11 projects to improve Reef water quality

Greening Australia, Queensland Farmers Federation and Queensland Cane Growers are among the project partners who will continue their efforts to improve the quality of water on the Great Barrier Reef after 11 projects were awarded over $19 million in funding through the Reef Trust Partnership. 

The projects will see gullies restored, on-ground action with cane farmers and graziers to reduce run-off from the highest priority pollutants, and a boost to key training for early career agricultural experts (extension officers) amongst other initiatives, with project work starting from March.

See the projects

Reef builds a following at 4th World Science Festival

The Great Barrier Reef will feature at Brisbane’s annual World Science Festival for the fourth consecutive year with live marine creatures, hands-on activities and panel discussions.

The free ‘Reef Builders’ interactive display will be part of the festival’s Street Science event on 23 and 24 March, introducing visitors to the people, projects and animals working to build up the Reef right now.

Presented by GBRF and the Queensland Department of Environment and Science, ‘Reef Builders’ will feature marine touch tanks, a Reef creature creation station, interactive Love the Reef games, an Ocean Chemistry show, the Reef Traditional Owners and rangers working to save endangered green turtles, and other hands-on activities that highlight what everyone can do right now to help the Reef.

Tickets are also available for two signature Reef panel events:

Our Jewelled Seas: Future-proofing the Great Barrier Reef - 21 March, 7pm

Highlighting the state of the Reef and how science and innovation aims to limit, or even mitigate further damage, this panel discussion boasts UQ’s renowned Reef expert and GBRF International Scientific Advisory Committee member Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, GBRF Traditional Owner Program Director Liz Wren, and GBRF Traditional Owner Working Group member Traceylee Forester.

The Reef needs us: Saving our national icon - 24 March, 1pm

Discussing how people power is working alongside science to defend and preserve the Great Barrier Reef featuring GBRMPA's Chief Scientist and the powerhouse UQ duo of Dr Emma Kennedy and Dr Justin Marshall who are passionate about citizen science volunteering.

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Banana growers' sweet news for the Reef

Red tip bananas are helping the Reef and making headlines, with the growers behind Pacific Coast Eco Bananas adopting Reef-friendly farming practices and donating a portion of their sales proceeds to GBRF.

Innisfail banana farmers Frank and Dianne Sciacca’s unique ‘ecoganic’ farming approach featured in multiple News Limited titles this month.

The stories reported on the Sciaccas' "back to the future" approach to using wasps, beetles, frogs and ants to help grow the famous eco-friendly bananas, identifiable by their distinctive red wax tips.

The pair have won multiple awards for their efforts, including the coveted Prince of Wales Environmental Leadership – Reef Sustainability (Reef Champion) Award in 2017.

Where to buy red tip bananas

Spotlight on Science


Mapping project goes sky high

An idea first funded by GBRF in 2012 has now expanded and taken flight – literally – using satellites to help monitor the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

America’s CBS News recently reported on the project initiated by UQ marine scientist, Dr Chris Roelfsema.

With funding from the Paul Allen Foundation, the project brings together satellite technology and marine biology to map the vast expanse of the Great Barrier Reef and understand what’s happening on coral reefs daily.

Watch on CBS News

Reef health check results

Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University have shared early results from their 25-day health check of remote far northern reefs.

While some reefs were in good condition, they found others had not yet recovered from the severe bleaching experienced during the summers of 2016 and 2017. This was the first mission to assess reefs in the region since the 2016 mass coral bleaching event, enabled with funding from the partnership between the Australian Government's Reef Trust and GBRF.

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Meet Erin (and some flippered friends)

Take a look behind the scenes of the project saving the Reef’s endangered green turtles with GBRF’s Erin on the February field trip to Raine Island.

Watch now

Creature Feature

Can you relate?

Guess which animal the dugong is closely related to ... it might not be what you expect!

Dugong discovery

Reef Trust Partnership update

Community Reef protection

Under the Reef Trust Partnership with the Australian Government, the Foundation has called for applications for funding for citizen science Reef monitoring, Traditional Owners’ Reef protection projects and local action projects through the Local Marine Advisory Committees. 

Applications are going through a detailed assessment process, with the successful projects to be announced over the next couple of months.

To stay in touch with all the Reef Trust Partnership news and opportunities, register for updates here.

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The Great Barrier Reef Foundation acknowledges both the Turrbul people and the Yugara (Jagera) people and their Elders, past, present and emerging, as the custodians for the land and waters upon which the Brisbane office stands. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation also extends its deepest respect and recognition to all of the Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef as First Nations Peoples holding the hopes, dreams, traditions and cultures of the Reef.

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