Board Report - Meeting 244

7 December 2016 – Brisbane

Overview

The Marine Park Authority Board (MPA) convened on Wednesday 7 December 2016 and considered the Reef 2050 Plan Policies. Members were also provided an update on: Reef Guardians program; coral bleaching; existing policies on coral transplanting and translocation; brand positioning project; Field Management Program Periodic Review; Marine Monitoring Program Results Summary Report 2014-2015; and Field Management Program Annual Report 2015-16.

Reef 2050 Plan Policies

Decision MPA 2016-244-10 (07/12/2016): The Authority:
  • noted the draft policies and guideline were submitted to the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum for noting on 25 November 2016.
  • noted Ministerial Forum approval to release the draft policies and draft guideline for public comment will be sought (out-of-session) in early 2017.
  • agreed that the Reef 2050 Plan cumulative impact and net benefit policies and the draft offset guideline would be updated to include a stronger high level statement on the problem and steps being taken by government, and further consideration on the level of detail once the case studies are complete.
  • agreed to reconsider the updated documents out-of-session before they are resubmitted to Ministerial Forum.

Reef Guardian Program Update

Decision MPA 2016-244-11 (07/12/2016): The Authority:
  • noted the verbal update on the Reef Guardian program.
  • noted a business plan is being developed to rationalise and improve the Reef Guardian program, and feedback is being incorporated from a consultative process with program participants, key stakeholders, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s executive, and the Authority.
  • noted the above mentioned business plan is proposed to be submitted to the Authority, for approval, at a meeting in early 2017.

Coral Bleaching Update

Decision MPA 2016-244-12 (07/12/2016): The Authority noted the update on the coral bleaching event and management implications.

Existing Policies on Coral Transplanting and Translocation

Decision MPA 2016-244-15 (07/12/2016): The Authority:
  • noted the current guideline on ‘Coral Transplantation at Tourism Sites’ and position statement on ‘The translocation of species in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park’.
  • noted that these documents are still contemporary in today’s management paradigm.

Brand Positioning Project Update

Decision MPA 2016-244-17 (07/12/2016): The Authority:
  • noted the update on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Brand Positioning Project.
  • noted a further update will be provided in early 2017 as data and reports are currently being compiled and reviewed.

Field Management Program Periodic Review – Progress Update

Decision MPA 2016-244-19 (07/12/2016): The Authority noted the Field Management Strategy Group has commenced developing the Periodic Review Report for consideration of the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum in mid-2017.

Marine Monitoring Program Results Summary Report 2014-2015

Decision MPA 2016-244-21 (07/12/2016): The Authority:
  • noted the findings of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Reef Plan) Report Card 2015, published by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • noted the findings of the 2015 Marine Results Report, published by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • noted the findings of the Marine Monitoring Program Summary Report 2014–2015, published by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Field Management Program Annual Report 2015-16

Decision MPA 2016-244-23 (07/12/2016): The Authority noted the Field Management Annual Report 2015-16 and Annual Report Summary 2015-16 have been finalised.

Members of the Authority