LEI staff participate in the Eye on the Reef monitoring and assessment program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
The program enables anyone who visits the Great Barrier Reef to contribute to its long-term protection by collecting valuable information about reef health, marine animals and incidents. There are a number of different ways that people can take part - depending on skill levels and commitment. But everyone's contribution is welcome and people from all walks of life from day trippers, tourists, fishers, Marine Park rangers, marine tourism staff and marine scientists are encouraged to get involved and report their observations to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Eye on the Reef App
One of the easiest ways to get involved is to download the Eye on the Reef app and share photos of what you have seen out on the Reef. This can be anything from wildlife (including protected species,) to pests like Crown- of- thorns starfish or marine pollution, to special events like coral
spawning. You can also use this app to help identify the wildlife you've seen and share your Eye on the Reef sighting photos on social media.
Rapid Monitoring Survey
Reef users with a little more time and experience may want to get more involved and use an underwater monitoring slate to record more specific keystone species and crucial Reef health observations. This is called the Rapid Monitoring Survey and observations can be uploaded
through an online webpage for submission to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. An online multimedia training course is available to assist in completing these surveys.
For marine scientists, marine tourism operators and marine rangers, there are other surveys to get involved in that require more regular participation and commitment. These include Reef Health and Impact Surveys, that are run in partnership with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. There is also a Tourism Operators Weekly Monitoring Survey. All information collected through the Eye on the Reef program is combined in a single data management and reporting system (Eye on the Reef Survey Activity map). This data provides Marine Park managers and researchers with up-to- date
information on reef health status and trends, the distribution of protected and iconic species, and early warnings of environmental impacts. The data is available to all registered users.
For further information, please visit the GBRMPA website.