Working together with some of the Australia and New Zealand’s biggest environmental conservation groups, we’re making an impact on reef sustainability and recovery. But we need your help.

Our Reef Conservation Partners

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is solving the most complex and challenging problems facing the Great Barrier Reef.  The funds raised by the Foundation are directed at projects with large-scale impact – helping coral reefs survive the impacts of climate change and key threats like poor water quality and invasive species. By bringing together the world’s best minds across science, engineering, technology and conservation, it is accelerating and deploying the next generation of cutting-edge techniques to save coral reefs around the world. Together with its partners, the Foundation is achieving breakthroughs in marine science that provide real hope for the future of coral reefs.

The Reef needs action now

The future of the Great Barrier Reef is on a knife-edge.
Corals are one of the most vulnerable species on the planet due to rising water temperatures. We need to buy our Reef time while we rapidly reduce emissions. We need to give it every chance of survival, to help it fight back.

You have an opportunity to help rebuild a vibrant and important ecosystem that so many animals and plants rely on. By signing up to run4reef today, you will help plant corals on priority areas of the Reef that have suffered damage.

Coral IVF

Coral IVF helps accelerate the natural coral reproductive process. During annual coral spawning, millions of tiny coral eggs and sperm from healthy reefs are collected in specially-designed floating larvae pools. The coral larvae are reared in the pools, then the ‘babies’ are delivered onto damaged reefs so they can be restored. Early indications show that Coral IVF increases the volume of coral babies settling on the Reef. It accelerates and amplifies nature’s work, buying the coral time while we rapidly reduce emissions.

Coral Fragments

Another way the Foundation is working to restore the Reef is planting coral fragments. Broken coral fragments are collected and grown in underwater nurseries, then planted onto damaged areas of the Reef to restore and repopulate them. We are also researching how to breed and outplant heat-tolerant corals to ensure reefs can withstand rising water temperatures due to climate change.

Heat Tolerance Research

There are hundreds of types of corals on the Great Barrier Reef and there’s a huge amount of variation in their genes. Scientists are mapping the locations of the most heat-tolerant corals and which of their genes give them this tolerance.  

This work helps us understand how and where corals might best be able to resist warming temperatures and their potential to adapt in the face of climate change. 

Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez

WWF New Zealand

WWF-New Zealand is part of the world’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting nature and looking after the planet.

 Aotearoa New Zealand has one of the largest marine environments in the world. It produces food, regulates our climate, supports livelihoods, and is home to more than 80% of our indigenous biodiversity. A healthy ocean is vital to our health and well-being

 Our marine environment is without international borders. Fixing our struggling ocean will require all of us working together. WWF-New Zealand is proud to partner with run4reef to champion collaborative conservation to help protect and restore the native taonga and ecosystems of Aotearoa.

New Zealand's Coastal Wonder

While the tropics have coral reefs, in the cooler waters off the coast of New Zealand there are kelp forests. Formed by two types of algae, bladder kelp (rimurimu) and bull kelp (rimurapa) growing up to 20 metres tall.  They create a key marine ecosystem that absorbs carbon, improves water quality and provides a habitat for thousands of marine species.

Home to schools of fish, juvenile crayfish, crabs and shrimps. The forests are a hunting grounds for New Zealand sea lions and seals that are attracted by the plentiful food. A vital resource for animals that are facing a decline in their natural prey species due to climate change, overfishing, habitat degradation.

Like reefs, kelp forests are in decline globally due to climate change and other human impacts.

Land and Sea

The health of the land and the sea are inextricably linked.  Sedimentation and turbidity caused by land run-off are a major contributor to the decline of kelp forests. One of the best ways to protect and restore them is by replanting the land along the rivers, streams and estuaries that flow into our seas. This will help prevent run-off and clean up our harbours and coastal waters.

By signing up to run4reef today, you will be supporting community action to protect and restore New Zealand’s marine environment. 

 You’ll be helping promote the health of our kelp forests and protecting the species that inhabit them.

WWF Australia

WWF-Australia is part of the world’s largest conservation organisation and a leading voice for nature.

Our work is founded on science, our reach is international and our mission is exact – to create a world where people live in harmony with nature. 

Australia’s beautiful coastlines and oceans are increasingly under threat. Climate change is impacting Australia’s most treasured natural wonder – the Great Barrier Reef – and unsustainable fishing practices are pushing vulnerable wildlife to the brink.

 WWF-Australia is committed to protecting our oceans – funds raised through run4reef will be directed to WWF-Australia’s Oceans programs to protect our marine wildlife and natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef.

Net-Free North

Commercial gill nets on the northern Great Barrier Reef are putting one of the world’s largest populations of dugongs, as well as other vulnerable marine wildlife, in danger. These deadly nets hang like curtains across the seabed, where marine life can get entangled and drown within minutes. 

For years, WWF-Australia has been advocating to ban these fishing practices that threaten dugongs and other endangered animals in their Great Barrier Reef home.  

With WWF-Australia’s recent removal of a major commercial gill net, we’ve created one of the largest net-free areas for all marine life along Australia’s east coast. But you can help expand the net-free zone even further along Australia’s coastlines. You have the power to help create a #NetFreeNorth for Australia’s dugongs and other iconic native marine life. 

By signing up to run4reef today, you can help build one of the largest havens for Australia’s dugongs and marine wildlife in the Great Barrier Reef.