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We are the forerunners of reef restoration on the Great Barrier Reef.

We are a grassroots organisation with a vision to create a vibrant future for the Great Barrier Reef amid a changing climate.

Our mission is to build reef resilience at the places we love and to inspire and invigorate communities to take action now.

We’re run by a team of action-oriented, fully qualified and optimistic individuals who care deeply about the Great Barrier Reef. Through our Reef Recovery and Community Outreach Programs, we innovate, collaborate, and scientifically validate. We bring communities with us on the journey.

But we can’t do it alone; we need your support and help!

Our mission relies solely on community support for resources and labour to assist reef recovery at key sites that support biodiversity, our passions and our economies.

If you’re an ocean enthusiast or someone who wants to contribute to the longevity of the planet’s most magnificent marine ecosystem,

Dedicated In-house Team

Cultivating the best outcomes for Reef Recovery & Community Outreach.

Inspired Volunteers

Giving their time to something they care about.

Globally Recognised Board Members

Our board members are renowned leaders in their professional fields.

Tourism Partners, Business Sponsors & a Sea of Individual Donors

Deeply passionate about supporting the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Turns White

February 2016

Mass coral bleaching occurs in the northern third of the Great Barrier Reef. Rainfall from Category 5 Cyclone Winston, contained the geographical extent of the impact by moderating conditions.

Inspiration Strikes

March 2016

After re-growing cut corals in a small tank, a Cairns-based marine aquarium hobbyist thinks to replicate the concept at sea.

Second Mass Bleaching Event

April – May 2017

This time, in the middle third of the Great Barrier Reef, followed by Category 5 Cyclone Debbie. This prompted the rules to be changed enabling reef restoration in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Permission Granted

October – December, 2017

Reef Restoration Foundation secured the first ever permit on 13 October 2017 and installed the first ever coral nursery on the Great Barrier Reef at Fitzroy Island on 7 December 2017.

Multiple Nurseries Created


Coral nurseries are in operation at Fitzroy Island, Hastings Reef and Moore Reef. A full time team oversees an increasingly sophisticated operation.

We’re supported by a global network of individual donors, businesses and Marine Tourism partners who are passionate about our vision.

We are involved with Cairns-Port Douglas Reef Hub, the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program, and we are Network Members of Reef Renewal International.

Eager to get involved and support a collective Reef Recovery vision?

Collaboration, innovation, and continual improvement sits at the core of what we do and drives us to offer a safe, fun, and rewarding experience for all involved.

These businesses and organisations support our Reef Recovery endeavours–with many being on board since we began.

There’s room for you to become one of our supporters today!