Surveyed 03 June 2007.
The front of Faith Reef is exposed to the prevailing wind and sea conditions found within the lagoon of the Great Barrier Reef. Manta tow surveys were conducted on the reef slope. The reef slope is generally steep dropping off into more than 20m of water to a gently sloping reef base composed mainly of sand and reef framework. The reef structure has few features including gullies and bommies.
The benthic community was dominated by coralline/turf algae, but hard coral and soft coral were also common. Hard coral cover on the reef front was moderate composed mainly of Acropora species. The dominant coral lifeform was tabulate, but other forms such as massive, digitate, encrusting and branching corals were also present in decreasing order of abundance. Coral bleaching was not present.
The fish abundance on the front of Faith Reef was high. Conspicuous groups of reef fishes included fusiliers, damselfish, parrotfish, surgeonfish, sweetlip and pelagic predators. No crown-of-thorns starfish were observed on the front of Faith Reef .