Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef attracts nearly two million tourists each year and travels 2,300 km along the east coast – large enough to be seen from outer space.
But what does the Great Barrier Reef mean to you? Well, CSIRO wants to know!
In a study that explores how people interact with the reef, what they like about it and what they want to protect, CSIRO will ask questions from 5,000 people in Queensland to find out.
Knowing what people really think about the Great Barrier Reef will help shape the way the region is managed in the future.
Locals, tourists and business operators from Cooktown to Bundaberg will be interviewed in the next two months and a snapshot of their views will be published by the end of the year.
We approach people to complete a quick 15-minute survey of malls, beaches and hot spots. Tour operators and commercial fishermen working in the area will be interviewed by telephone.
Amazing facts about the Great Barrier Reef:
The reef stretches for 2300 km along the east coast of Australia – it is large enough to be seen from outer space.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) included the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site in 1981.
The reef is home to the largest collection of coral reefs in the world, with 400 species of corals, 1625 species of bony fish and 3000 species of mollusks.
The World Heritage of the Great Barrier Reef (348,000 square kilometers) includes almost 3,000 islands of different sizes and shapes and over 900 islands.
About ten thousand ships pass through the reef area each year
Commercial fishing is Queensland’s fifth largest primary industry, worth about $ 360 million each year.
More than 70 traditional Aboriginal clan groups along the east coast of Queensland and the Torres Strait have asserted their rights, interests and responsibilities for indigenous status in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. *