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New public moorings protect southern Great Barrier Reef

Published 17/07/2018

Boaties visiting the southern Great Barrier Reef are encouraged to use 23 new public moorings recently installed to help minimise anchor damage to coral and other sensitive habitats at popular reef and island locations in the Capricorn-Bunker Group and Keppel Bay.

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Dive into the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef these school holidays!

Published 06/07/2018

During these school holidays Reef HQ Aquarium will take the Great Barrier Reef directly to Yeppoon, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald with a live broadcast from 10.30am on Tuesday 10 July.

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We’re moving: new location in Townsville CBD

Published 27/06/2018

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Townsville head office is set to move to a new location in the Townsville central business district.

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Watch out for whales

Published 25/06/2018

As whale migration season gets underway, boaties are reminded to keep a safe distance between vessels and these marine animals. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority assistant director of reef conservation actions Dr Mark Read said several whale sightings, including a humpback whale off Heron Island, were already reported via the Authority’s Eye on the Reef app.

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Remembering the mysterious Mermaid resting on the Great Barrier Reef

Published 13/06/2018

On this day in 1829, disaster struck the HMCS Mermaid south of Cairns — reminding us today of the Great Barrier Reef’s rich maritime history.

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Celebrating a new sea country agreement

Published 29/05/2018

A new Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement outlining how Mandubarra Traditional Owners will manage their sea country and its resources was launched and celebrated at the weekend.The agreement between Mandubarra Aboriginal Land & Sea Inc. and the Australian and Queensland governments covers 1500 square kilometres of their sea country in northern Queensland (between Innisfail and Cardwell).

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Crews continue to keep eye on the Reef

Published 25/05/2018

Tourism operators continue to show significant interest in the Eye on the Reef program with this month’s training sessions recording some of the highest participation rates in recent history.Since 2009, trained operators and their crews have submitted thousands of surveys and information on reef health through the monitoring program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Training program a win-win for Indigenous rangers and Reef

Published 16/05/2018

Twenty-three Indigenous rangers from across Queensland are brushing up on their compliance and enforcement knowledge and will join marine managers on patrols in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.Funded by the Australian Government, the rangers are completing a nationally-accredited Certificate IV in Government Investigations (Regulatory Compliance) at Mungalla Station near Forrest Beach from 13-19 May.

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Aquarium adds a splash of colour to waterfront

Published 14/05/2018

Stunning works by international illustrator and street-artist Wosnan have kick-started a three-phase project to rejuvenate an iconic attraction in the heart of Townsville.Wosnan, of Columbia, recently undertook a week long residency at Reef HQ Aquarium to paint a mythical coral creature and marine turtles on the building’s outer wall overlooking Ross River.

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Multi-partner illegal recreational fishing blitz nets Reef poachers

Published 04/05/2018

An intensive blitz targeting anglers fishing illegally in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park restricted zones offshore Gladstone saw 21 offences detected over three weeks.

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Indigenous artwork to be enshrined in print

Published 02/05/2018

A local artist’s stunning acrylic on canvas piece will be showcased on the cover of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s first Reconciliation Action Plan — scheduled for release later this year.

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$500 million funding “game changer” for the Great Barrier Reef

Published 29/04/2018

$500 million in funding for the Great Barrier Reef announced today is a “game changer” in managing this great natural icon, according to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Reminder: nominate now for Local Marine Advisory Committees

Published 17/04/2018

Have you ever wondered ‘what can I do to help the Great Barrier Reef…?’ Joining a Local Marine Advisory Committee is an effective and fulfilling way to make a difference.Run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the 12 voluntary community-based committees operate along Great Barrier Reef coast and provide advice on Reef-related issues.

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Whitsunday tourism opportunities open up for operators

Published 16/04/2018

Eleven permits for the Whitsundays region are now up for grabs through an expression of interest process run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Failure to pay fine costs recreational fisher $3500 and conviction

Published 05/04/2018

A recreational fisher caught poaching from a highly protected no-go zone in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was convicted and fined $3500 in the Tully Magistrates Court after failing to pay his original fine.

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