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Building a Brighter Future
for the Great Barrier Reef!

Reef Restoration Foundation is a grassroots not-for-profit organisation

We work in partnership with our community, the marine tourism industry and the marine science fraternity to build resilience at key sites on the Great Barrier Reef in changing times.

We grow coral fragments in ocean-based nurseries to assist the natural process of recovery after disturbance. These events are increasing in frequency and severity due to global climate change. It’s up to all of us to ensure the biodiversity of this global icon of the natural world flourishes for future generations.

There’s a role and opportunity for everyone!

To successfully address climate change, we must rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This includes education, awareness and action – that’s what we do best and we’d love you to join us!

Businesses of all sizes can assist through sponsoring and donating. Individuals can assist through donating and communities can assist through volunteering. All of these avenues will contribute to rebuilding the reef’s resilience after disturbance.

Aside from direct intervention in reef recovery, our communities are making progress already! By improving water quality, fisheries management, and tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish infestation on the Great Barrier Reef – we’re seeing positive change.

3,000 coral reefs
450 types of reef-building corals
1,600+ types of fish
3,000+ species of molluscs
6 of the 7 sea turtle species found in the world!
600 species of echinoderm
14 species of sea snake
30 species of whales & dolphins
200+ bird species
133 species of sharks & rays

13 October 2017

Our vision comes to life as we secured the first permit for reef restoration on Australia’s World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Backed by Science

Our work is backed by science and adopts leading technologies, which are replicable for other communities who wish to join a growing social movement .

17th December 2017

We established the first ocean-based coral nursery at Fitzroy Island, near Cairns.

100% Community Funded

We’re resourced worldwide by individuals and businesses and we’re supported by volunteers from across our community.


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The Great Barrier Reef is a global hotspot for biodiversity. And it is enormous–about the size of Germany, or the state of Montana, and is visible from space. It’s an impressive expanse of 344,000km2 spanning 2,300km or 14 degrees of latitude. It also boasts more than 1,000 islands and 2,000km2 of mangrove, plus 6,000km2 of seagrass. There’s a lot to cherish and preserve.