Our diverse Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, 3,000 corals, 1,700 species of fish, and provides employment for over 64,000 people, but their futures are all at risk.
After climate change, poor water quality is the greatest local threat to the future of our Great Barrier Reef. Every year, millions of tonnes of fine sediment flow from eroding land onto the reef, choking fish and coral, creating algal blooms, feeding Crown-of-Thorns Starfish and reducing its ability to recover from the impacts of climate change. Exacerbating the problem is the loss of over 50% of our coastal wetlands which act like giant kidneys helping to filter the water before it enters the reef.
To help stop sediment at its source and improve water quality, we are working with local landholders and communities across the Great Barrier Reef Catchment to rebuild eroding land and restore vital coastal wetlands.
Lynise is a highly skilled and passionate ecologist with a PhD from La Trobe University in Melbourne and over 15 years’ experience working within professional environmental consulting firms in the educational and government sectors. She leads the strategic planning, science and monitoring of our Reef Aid firstname.lastname@example.org