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Who looks after the Great Barrier Reef?

From the class database, select people found using the Great Barrier Reef. Students draw pictures, which show how different people such as rangers, divers, snorkelers, fishers tourists and families care for reef areas. In this activity students begin to understand that care of open places is the joint responsibility of those who work there and those who use the area.

National Parks and Wildlife rangers


Introduce students to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as the organisation that conserves and protects the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Locate information from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website about the way the Great Barrier Reef and its plants and animals are looked after.

Also see:

Taking Action

As a class, suggest how we can make sure people look after the Great Barrier Reef.

Research scientist videoing benthic transects
for coral bleaching survey at Magnetic Island

Students could:


Ask students to complete a self-assessment and reflection activity using the following questions:

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