Half a million years old, 2400 kilometres long, covering the area of 70 million football fields, visible from outer space, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most enchanting natural wonders of the world.
This huge, indescribable maze of coral is a fantasy of light and colour that has to be seen to be believed. It dazzles the senses with brilliantly coloured sea stars, anemones, giant clams and fish, and teams with mesmerising gentle giants such as the minke whale, green sea turtle, and manta rays.
DFRC was formed in 2017 to bring together the thousands of people who work in the Great Barrier Reef dive and eco-tourism industry. As the tour operators, divers, marine biologists and other staff who work in this World Heritage area every day, we were devastated to watch as vast areas of coral bleached and died in the unprecedented heatwaves of 2016 and 2017, caused by out-of-control global warming. We knew we had to join together to raise awareness about how climate change is threatening the Reef and 64,000 jobs like ours that depend upon it.
Our history of protecting the Great Barrier Reef
Ear-marked by the government to be mined for limestone and drilled for oil in the 60s, the Great Barrier Reef came very close to being destroyed. A passionate group of locals along the Reef coast banded together to raise awareness, and soon had built enough community support to ensure the protection of this ecological treasure and tourism drawcard.
As an authentic voice for those who work at the Reef, DFRC have received excellent exposure in all mediums including television, radio, print news, online news, magazines, podcasts, documentaries, and more. Our social media videos have received tens of thousands of views. Here are just some of the ways in which we have been able to take our message to the world.