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Eye on the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Eye on the Reef monitoring and assessment program (EotR) 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 that is used to understand the bigger picture and inform how we manage the Reef.


Get involved

There are a number of ways to get involved, and everyone's contribution is welcomed — whether you're a regular day tripper, tourist on their first visit, fisher, Marine Park ranger, marine tourism staff or marine scientist.

One of the easiest ways anyone can get involved is by downloading our free Eye on the Reef app to record reef health, animal sightings or incidents. There are also other monitoring programs for people who visit the Reef more regularly, have more time or marine biology knowledge, or are willing to be part of the training.

If you're interested in getting started, check out the information here to see how you can contribute citizen science information to Australia's lead management agency for the Great Barrier Reef.

And if you can't get out to the Reef but are interested in what's happening in this great natural wonder, our interactive Sightings Network map allows anyone in the world to see the amazing wildlife being encountered and recorded by visitors to the Great Barrier Reef.

Learn more about the Eye on the Reef program on the Reef Authority website

Updated 30 Aug 2022
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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority acknowledges the expertise, wisdom, and enduring connections that have informed the guardianship of the Reef for millennia. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners as the first managers of this land and sea, and value their traditional knowledge which continues to inform the current management and stewardship of the Reef for future generations.