Reef Keepers

The Great Barrier Reef is under threat.
Human actions on land are affecting the oceans and threatening the reef.

REEF KEEPERS

Reef Keepers is an environmental fund created by Morris Group. The fund donates to projects and organisations that we think are having the biggest impact in efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Morris Family Foundation is donating $50 per guest stay at Northern Escape Collection lodges and $5 per guest stay at The Ville Resort to the fund.

THE ISSUES

Three key issues that
drive the
Reef Keepers

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Climate Change

The phenomenon of mass coral bleaching is directly related to the sea temperature. Coral’s are stressed when the temperate rises 1-2 degrees above normal ranges and stays elevated for an extended period.

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Water Pollution

Good water quality is the reason why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful, diverse and complex ecosystems in the world. Reefs grow best in waters that have naturally low concentrations of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediments. Due to costal development, agriculture, mining and ports, there has been an increased sediment run-off from land.

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Overfishing

Fishing on the Great Barrier Reef is an important pastime and a source of income for both Queensland coastal communities and the seafood industry. The Great Barrier Reef supports commercial, recreational, Indigenous and charter fishing, targeting a range of species including fish, sharks, crabs and prawns. Some remaining impacts of fishing pose major threats to the future vitality of the Reef.

REEF KEEPERS

Projects

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    Australian Youth Climate Coalition

    Empowering youth in Townsville to become leaders in their community and strong voices for climate action. Learn more

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    Rainforest Rescue

    Rainforest Rescue has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998. Learn more

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    Tangaroa Blue

    Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australia-wide organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris, one of the major environmental issues worldwide. Learn more

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    Museum of Underwater Art

    The Museum of Underwater Art is the first installation of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn more

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    James Cook University

    Reef Keepers has funded James Cook University to provide research scholarships for PhD students at the Orpheus Island Research Station. Learn more