Finalist: Environmental Stewardship Award

Reef Check Australia

Empowering Reef Champions in SEQ
South East Queensland

In 2015, Reef Check Australia implemented a range of citizen science and community engagement initiatives to actively engage the community in understanding, appreciating and looking after local reefs.

Trained citizen scientists visited more than 20 monitoring sites, documenting and sharing data on South East Queensland’s unique subtropical reefs. Teams also worked collaboratively to help create a coral extent baseline for key Central Moreton Bay reefs for the first time in a decade.

They worked with more than 30 partners across the region on education and action events, including a range of clean ups along the coast and under the water to collect more than 600kg of debris.

The group also launched the first Reef Check Ambassador program for Moreton Bay, training twenty-nine volunteers to become role models for ocean literacy and conservation in their community. Volunteers reached out to more than 20,000 people through a range of community education initiatives. The ongoing program helps to create more voices for our oceans, and deliver engaging reef education experiences at community events across South East Queensland.