The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 is a stock-take of the Great Barrier Reef, its management and its future.

The aim of the Outlook Report is to provide information about:

  • The condition of the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef Region (including the ecosystem outside the Region where it affects the Region);

• Social and economic factors influencing the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem;
• Management effectiveness of the Great Barrier Reef; and
• Risk-based assessment of the long-term outlook for the Region.

The Report underpins decision-making for the long term protection of the Great Barrier Reef. It was prepared by the GBRMPA based on the best available information and was independently peer reviewed. Many people contributed to the development of the Outlook Report including:

• Australian and Queensland Government agencies
• Leading Great Barrier Reef scientists and researchers
• Industry representatives
• Advisory committees
• Members of regional communities and the public.

The publication of an Outlook Report was a key recommendation of the review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975. A report is to be prepared every five years and given to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities for tabling in both houses of the Australian Parliament.

The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 is the first of these reports.


An update brochure of what's going on with the NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub Great Barrier Reef Biodiversity projects.


A snapshot of the research progress within the Great Barrier Reef Biodiversity node for January to June 2013.


A snapshot of the research progress within the Great Barrier Reef Biodiversity node for July to December 2013.


This project has provided convincing evidence that no-take marine reserves have significantly improved the status of fished species in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP). The project has also established the basis for assessing the role of no-take marine reserve networks in protecting biodiversity, sustaining ecosystem goods and services and providing a buffer against natural disturbances, such as extreme weather events and the cumulative impacts of climate change.


Williamson, D. (2014) Assessing the ecological effects of management zoning on inshore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.


Ecology and Evolution


Williamson, D.H.Ceccarelli, D.M., Evans, R.D., Jones, G.P., Russ, G.R. (2014) Habitat dynamics, marine reserve status, and the decline and recovery of coral reef fish communities. Ecology and Evolution. 4 (4) 337-354 [doi:10.1002/ece3.934].

Harrison HB, Williamson DH, Evans RD, Almany GR, Thorrold SR, Russ GR, Feldheim KA, van Herwerden L, Planes S, Srinivasan M, Berumen ML, Jones GP (2012). Larval Export From Marine Reserves and the Recruitment Benefit for Fish and Fisheries. Current Biology.

Coral Reefs


Ceccarelli, D.M., Williamson, D.H. (2012) Sharks that eat sharks: opportunistic predation by wobbegongs. Coral Reefs. 31 (2), 471 [doi:10.1007/s00338-012-0878-z].
* Funded by DSEWPaC (NERP)



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