Kickstart the Great Reef Census

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Kickstart the Great Reef Census
Donations goal: $100,000
$8855 Donations
Next milestone: $1,000

124 days to go

Ends Sat 31 Oct 2020, 11:59 pm GBRT
(Great Barrier Reef Time)

  • We can cover

    55,996m²

    of reef survey area

    Our 100 prioritised reefs cover an area of nearly 715km²

  • We can reach

    9 reefs

    from across the GBR

    By prioritising reefs based on accessibility and value we can reach more sooner

  • Together we have raised

    <1 %

    of our donations goal

    We're aiming for $100,000 to help us reach 100 reefs

We’re raising $100,000 to launch the Great Reef Census, a massive collaborative effort to survey the entire Great Barrier Reef!

Spanning 2,300km in length and comprising more than 3,000 individual reefs, The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most incredible natural icons.

But like so much of the natural world, the Reef is under increasing stress from climate change and other local threats. Yet the actual status of much of the Reef remains unknown. In the last decade less than 10% has been surveyed in detail, and over 40% has never been surveyed at all.

To help protect the Great Barrier Reef for future generations, scientists need as much data about this vast and remote ecosystem as possible.

Help us launch the Great Reef Census with our first 100 Reefs!

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Great Reef Census 2020 Teaser Trailer
Footage: Biopixel / Johnny Gaskell / Christian Miller
Music: “Oceans (2012)” John Butler / Jarrah Records johnbutlertrio.com

A world-first citizen science effort to survey the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Reef Census aims to establish a first-hand snapshot of the Great Barrier Reef’s status, while mobilising the global community in its ongoing protection.

To achieve this, we’re calling on every asset on the Reef – from superyachts, to tourism boats, research vessels and beyond – to assemble a survey fleet of unprecedented scale. And once the surveys are in, we’ll be asking people from across the world to “log-on” and help us with the analysis.

We’ve made the survey process as simple as possible – if you can snorkel, you can take part!

The collected data will be open-source and freely available to the global community, from researchers to school classrooms. It will also feed back into established marine monitoring and assessment programs such as Eye on the Reef.

Professor Peter Mumby, University of Queensland Marine Spatial Ecology Lab
Science is playing an increasingly important role in supporting reef management. The Great Reef Census will identify those individual reefs that are driving recovery of the wider ecosystem
Professor Peter Mumby, University of Queensland Marine Spatial Ecology Lab
Recreational fisher's Census trial @ Upolu Cay, August 2019Image: Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef
Recreational fisher's Census trial @ Upolu Cay, August 2019
Image: Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef

Why a Census?

The Great Reef Census is designed to provide information on which reefs have been recently damaged, versus those which have high levels of coral. This is important, as it’s the healthy or ‘recovered’ reefs that will provide new corals needed to repair damaged reefs elsewhere.

The objective of the Great Reef Census is to compile first-hand data in a way that is scientifically sound and provides essential insights for its management, such as where best to target interventions and restoration strategies.

To ensure reliable collection at such an immense scale, we will rely on a simple, photographic baseline survey developed by leading scientists at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the University of Queensland (UQ).

We've raised $885 so far. To greenlight the Census we need $100,000 to help us reach our first 100 reefs – carefully chosen for their potential as ‘source’ reefs, vital to the future survival of the ecosystem.

Johnny Gaskell, Marine Biologist and Reef Explorer
I've been lucky to explore the length of the Reef, documenting its beauty and resilience and sharing it with the world. The Great Reef Census is an opportunity to engage the global community in actions to protect this incredible place.
Johnny Gaskell, Marine Biologist and Reef Explorer
Tourism Census trial @ Flynn Reef, July 2019Image: Gabriel Guzman / Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel
Tourism Census trial @ Flynn Reef, July 2019
Image: Gabriel Guzman / Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel

Your impact

While the challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef are immense, it’s not too late to turn things around.

Getting eyes on the ground to survey as much of the Reef as possible will help guide reef research and management strategies, allowing scientists and authorities to ensure the best possible future for the reef.

Most importantly, showing the world what’s possible when we work together will help pave the way for the future of the planet.

Our fundraising goal of $100,000 will enable us to kickstart the project and reach 100 key sites on the Great Barrier Reef, while also engaging people around the world in its protection.

Great! What Else Can I Do?

  1. Tell your friends – If 4,955 more people donate $20, we will reach our initial fundraising goal of $100,000!
  2. Become a Citizen – receive updates on the Census and join our global community taking action for the Reef and the planet. Join us

With more support we can have a bigger impact

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  • We can cover

    55,996m²

    of reef survey area

    Our 100 prioritised reefs cover an area of nearly 715km²

  • We can reach

    9 reefs

    from across the GBR

    By prioritising reefs based on accessibility and value we can reach more sooner

  • Together we have raised

    <1 %

    of our donations goal

    We're aiming for $100,000 to help us reach 100 reefs

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