Long-term Monitoring Program survey reports

Surveying the Great Barrier Reef for more than 30 years

The AIMS Long-term Monitoring Program has monitored the condition of reefs in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area since 1983. It is the most comprehensive record of reef condition available for the Reef.

Surveys involve a series of four or five field trips annually which are reported on soon after their conclusion.

Ninety-three reefs of the Great Barrier Reef are monitored as part of this program. An additional 32 inshore reefs are monitored as part of the Marine Monitoring Program.

Click here to read more about the methods used.

Read the latest reports:

Annual summary reports

AIMS provides a Great Barrier Reef condition update annually, around mid-year. 

The latest annual summary report can be found here:


Latest sector reports

SECTOR 2019 2018
Cape Grenville   Complete Not Surveyed
Princess Charlotte   Complete Not Surveyed
Cooktown-Lizard   Complete Not Surveyed
Cairns   Complete   Complete
Innisfail   Complete   Complete
Townsville   Complete   Complete
Cape Upstart Not Surveyed   Complete
Whitsundays   Complete Not Surveyed
Pompeys   Complete   Complete
Swains   Complete   Complete
Capricorn-Bunker   Complete   Complete

Previous sector reports

2016/2017 Survey period

2015/2016 Survey period

2014/2015 Survey period

2013/2014 Survey period

2012/2013 Survey period

2011/2012 Survey period

Reports from 2008-2009 to 2010-2001 reporting period

Earlier reports

Long-term monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef Status Reports:

1995 | 1997 | 1998 | 2008 | 2000 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005

Since 2009, these reports have been superseded by online reporting and the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report, which is produced every five years.