Social scientist wants to know what the reef means to you
WHAT does the Great Barrier Reef mean to you?
That's what a new social study by the CSIRO is asking Gladstone residents and thousands of others, from Cooktown to Bundaberg.
CSIRO social scientist and project leader Dr Nadine Marshall said the study covered people's perceptions for the whole of the Great Barrier Reef, including marine tourism, traditional owners, ports and shipping, aquaculture, mining, residents and coastal communities.
"We want to understand what the Great Barrier Reef means to those who live nearby, work around it or visit the area," Dr Marshall said.
She said the findings would provide information to reef managers, businesses and the government to help them make decisions that reflect the needs of the people who interact with the reef.
Over the next two months CSIRO will approach 5000 people to take part in the study.
You could be approached at a number of public places.
Results will be published towards the end of the year.