Great Barrier Reef

We live in a catchment featuring the largest river system flowing to the Great Barrier Reef. A few facts about this natural wonder:

Many reefs and islands, but one giant ecosystem

The Great Barrier Reef includes more than 3000 separate coral reefs and over 1,000 islands.

Of these islands, 125 are situated in Fitzroy Basin Association’s coastal region including Great Keppel Island, and the Capricornia Cays National Park – eight islands formed from sand deposition on coral fragments, which rise just a few metres above the high tide mark.

Where does the reef start and finish?

The Great Barrier Reef’s northern end begins just south of Papua New Guinea. Its coral reefs and islands extend along Queensland’s east coast.

The reef’s southern end is near Lady Elliott Island, north-east of the city of Bundaberg or Rules Beach on the coast.

So the total length of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is about 2,300 km, or 1,430 miles.

Marine life loves the reef

Thousands of species rely on the reef. Iconic marine life like dugongs, turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, molluscs and birds call the reef home.

The Capricornia Cays and Curtis Island near Gladstone are home to some of the largest turtle rookeries in Queensland. All species present in our region are migratory and may travel thousands of kilometres to return to breed in the area.

The reef also comprises many special ecosystems and plants. It is a biodiversity hotspot.

How FBA works to protect the reef

Many of our programs help protect the Great Barrier Reef while increasing an enterprise’s profitability and productivity. Our Reef case studies highlight successes, share lessons learnt and celebrate the achievements of those who decided to make a difference.

Click here to read about our projects that help protect the Reef.

Our plan to protect the reef

The Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP:2015) has been developed to improve water quality in the Fitzroy Basin to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

WQIP:2015 covers the Fitzroy Basin and coastal catchments (Styx, Shoalwater, Water Park Creek, Boyne and Calliope) as well as adjacent marine waters. The plan sets water quality targets for the region, identifies priority areas to undertake works and recommends management actions to improve water quality. It will guide investments in our region to improve water quality and help restore the health of the Reef.

Visit the WQIP:2015 website to learn more.