A Great Barrier Reef Report Card is produced annually which measures progress towards the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan’s (Reef 2050 WQIP) goal and targets for water quality in the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef 2050 WQIP is a nested plan under the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.
There are also regional report card partnerships that provide local information about the health of waterways in different Reef regions. The five partnerships are a collaboration of science, industry, government, community, Traditional Owners, farmers and fishers and conservation and tourism representatives, who together, have a shared vision for healthy waterways in their regions and develop annual regional waterway health and management practice report cards.
The data collected and information in these regional report cards helps with management decisions around water quality in local waterways that flow to the Reef.
Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership
The Wet Tropics Report Card covers the region from Bloomfield in the north to the Herbert River in the south, and incorporates the Atherton Tablelands. The area encompasses nine river catchments – Daintree, Mossman, Barron, Russell, Mulgrave, Johnstone, Tully, Murray and the Herbert. The Wet Tropics Report Card provides detailed information on the health of the Wet Tropics waterways, including its major rivers, estuaries, inshore and offshore reefs.
Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership
The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership Report Card helps identify the regional pressures affecting waterway health in freshwater, estuarine and marine environments. The region extends from Home Hill in the north to Flaggy Rock Creek in the south, and the report card covers five river basins – Don, O’Connell, Proserpine, Plane and Pioneer – and the inshore and offshore marine environments, providing information on environmental, economic, social and stewardship indicators as well as cultural heritage aspects of waterways in the region.
Fitzroy Partnership for River Health
The Fitzroy Basin Report Card documents the freshwater and estuarine health of waterways in the Fitzroy Basin. The report card features results for ecosystem health, agriculture and drinking water suitability in Rockhampton Regional Council and Central Highlands Regional Council areas.
Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership
The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Report Card details the estuarine and marine condition in the Gladstone Harbour based on monitoring of ecological and biological indicators and also reports on social, economic and cultural indicators.
Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters
The Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters in the Townsville region will initially cover the geographic extent of Crystal Creek to Cape Cleveland mainland catchments, Magnetic Island and the marine waters influenced by these catchments.