Muugar Saltwater Foundation

Muugar Saltwater Foundation (Muugar)


The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is vast and complex natural wonder! As complex as its natural wonder, so is the program, policy and legislative framework that protect it. Though many Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef has seen significant success in their efforts to manage their cultural estates, often groups with lesser capacity have been left behind. Muugar is a foundation solely established to support Traditional Owners in achieving their aspirations. Indigenous-led, Muugar and it’s host organisation the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre brings their significant network with research institutes, industry, government and non-government partners to the table. Creating an environment that fosters collaborative partnerships base on respect and understanding. Ensuring any Initiative Muugar supports is let by Traditional Owners and for Traditional Owners.

There are over 70 Aboriginal Traditional Owner groups whose cultural estate include the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and coastal ecosystems. Currently Muugar is focusing its’s attention in the central and northern regions of the GBRWHA, working on economic development, Social Enterprise, Ranger Development and Aquaculture feasibility.

Muugar ‘Moo-Gaar’ is the Wulgurukaba language name for Coral Reef.