“Climate change is the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef. Only the strongest and fastest possible actions to decrease global greenhouse gas emissions will reduce the risks and limit the impacts of climate change on the Reef. Further impacts can be minimised by limiting global temperature increase to the maximum extent possible and fast-tracking actions to build Reef resilience.”
– Official Position Statement of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Frankland Islands Reef Cruises is committed to providing a service that reflects our responsibility and commitment to the protection of our environment through reef conservation and sustainable tourism, to enable us to pass on this rich heritage to future generations.
We strive to provide a quality educational experience for our guests and are actively involved in scientific research data collection on marine species, reef damage, debris and of course its overall health via the Eye on the Reef App and Rapid Monitoring Surveys.
Protecting and preserving these national park islands
The largest living organism on Earth
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef ecosystem on Earth and is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site due to its outstanding universal value.
Over 2,300km in length, arching across most of Queensland’s coastline, it’s made up of around 3,000 individual coral reefs and 1,050 islands or cays.
The Great Barrier Reef is a complex and biodiverse ecosystem, being home to a wide variety of plant and animal life, including:
• 1,625 species of fish
• More than 3,000 species of molluscs
• 630 species of echinoderm (starfish, sea urchins)
• 14 breeding species of sea snakes
• 215 species of birds, including 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds
• Six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle
• 30 species of whales and dolphins
• One of the world’s most important dugong populations
• 133 species of sharks and rays
• 200 species of coral can be found around Normanby and Mabel islands (out of 600 total species in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park)
• The islands are home to endangered rare fauna such as the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) spectacled flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus), and beach stone-curlews (Esacus magnirostris)
• During the months of May and June, manta rays visit the shallow fringing reefs around the islands. You can see them above and below the surface.
• There are two rare jewel-blue anemones containing clownfish, which you can see right off the beaches on the north and west sides of Normanby Island.
• Four of the islands (High, Normanby, Mabel and Round) are Queensland National Parks, while the fifth, Russell Island is under Commonwealth protection as a lighthouse reserve
• The Frankland Islands are made of metamorphic rock, once part of a coastal mountain range, separated from the mainland by a rise in sea level 6,000 years ago
On these pristine national park islands
Please help us limit human impact and keep the island and reef beautiful and the animals healthy. These easy actions can make all the difference
• Collect any rubbish that washes ashore and dispose of it properly
• Keep to the dedicated pathways, and follow the footsteps of your guide
• Do not enter or throw things into tidal pools – observe marine life from the shore
• The island recycles everything for new growth. Collecting coral skeletons, shells, or animals can have severe negative impacts to marine and island ecosystems, so leave these ‘treasures’ where you find them.
• Join us for an island walk to learn about its diverse ecosystem. With knowledge comes appreciation!
• Use flotation devices to prevent resting or standing on coral and other sensitive marine habitats
• Avoid touching anything with your fins and try not to stir up the sediment
• Keep your hands to yourself to avoid injury or harm to wildlife or yourself
• Try and stay more than one metre from coral and animals
• Hang on to your gear! Make sure nothing floats away, sinks, drags or grabs.
• Follow your snorkel guide and learn about the underwater environment so you can better appreciate it.
Climate change is currently causing stress to the marine environment, including warming sea temperatures and ocean acidification. Frankland Islands Reef Cruises is acting to reduce its carbon emissions and tackle climate change by:
• Minimising waste and recycling where possible
• Purchasing environmentally sustainable products whenever possible
• Measuring and tracking our carbon footprint via a credible carbon emissions calculator
• Our offices and workshop buildings are powered by solar panels
• Renewing and servicing our vessels to maintain optimum fuel efficiency
• Equipping our vessels with a 2 stage waste water treatment plants
• Supporting local conservation groups like Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef
• Encouraging our visitors to participate in tackling climate change in their own backyard.
• Providing guests with guidance regarding everyday sustainable practices, such as utilising low energy bulbs, recycling, planting trees, composting, protecting waterways and oceans by removing litter, refusing single use plastics wherever possible, and making thoughtful consumer purchases to reduce overall waste.
And what you can do to help
© Frankland Islands Reef Cruises 2022