One of Australia’s most iconic natural areas — the Great Barrier Reef — was the backdrop for the Queen’s Baton Relay yesterday as part of the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.And school students from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program were part of this unique experience, joining the official baton on a vessel to the Reef off Cairns.Read full article
Rethinking the use of plastics is a key focus for Bundaberg schools and organisations during this the International Year of the Reef.They made the pledge to reduce the use of plastic, with a focus on single-use plastics, at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s recent Reef Guardian networking meeting in Bundaberg.Read full article
Mackay’s Steve Fisher works for a not-for-profit tourism organisation that coordinates hands-on conservation projects with volunteers. The organisation’s projects cover from Norfolk Island and New Zealand to the World Heritage-Listed Great Barrier Reef. Volunteers remove marine debris, restore bushland, control weeds and carry out research and recovery programs for threatened species. Mr Fisher put up his hand to represent tourism on one of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Local Marine Advisory Committees.Read full article
Sue Sargent moved to the Bundaberg region in 1997 to lead a citizen science project designed to increase awareness about the local marine environment. It’s a topic she feels passionately about and wanted to contribute to decisions about how the marine environment is managed. Ms Sargent joined the Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee when it was first formed in 2005 and has been a member ever since.Read full article
Townsville’s Dr Adam Smith is a coral reef science advisor who works in the Pacific, Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef. He understands how our decisions and actions make a difference to the future of coral reefs around the world.“Coral reefs are amazing and there are so many people in governments, enterprises and non-government organisations working around the world to improve their future,” he said.To make a difference locally, Dr Smith volunteered for one of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Local Marine Advisory Committees.Read full article
Alice Ganfield actively encourages people in her area to look after the Great Barrier Reef. The Cape York teacher loves where she lives and gets out on the World Heritage-Listed icon as much as she can. “My job is incredibly rewarding and, with my education connections, I really felt I had something worthwhile to contribute to how the Great Barrier Reef is managed,” she said. Ms Ganfield put up her hand to represent her community on one of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Local Marine Advisory Committees.Read full article
Keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage of the Great Barrier Reef strong, safe and healthy is the goal of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s latest action-based initiative.Now open for comment, the draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Strategy for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was developed in partnership with more than 20 Traditional Owner groups.Read full article
Seventeen Indigenous rangers will become marine park inspectors today, boosting the ability of Traditional Owners and local communities to help protect the Great Barrier Reef and sea country.Read full article
Representatives from schools and organisations in the Bowen region joined forces yesterday to workshop ideas for local actions that will help the Great Barrier Reef and reefs across the globe.The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority led the Reef Guardian networking meeting to generate fresh, locally-inspired initiatives to benefit the Great Barrier Reef – the largest reef ecosystem on the planet – which, in turn, contributes to the health of the world-wide reef ecosystem.Read full article
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will today welcome Our Lady Help of Christians School in Earlville to the Reef Guardian Schools program, supporting students, teachers and parents to become Reef champions.Read full article
Representatives from schools and organisations in the Mackay region joined forces yesterday to workshop ideas for local actions that will help the Great Barrier Reef and reefs across the globe.Read full article
Fifty-four illegal recreational fishing offences were detected in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park over the six week Christmas holiday period, according to figures released today by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.Read full article
Australia’s leading research organisations unite to design ways to build resilience and repair the Great Barrier Reef, following today’s Federal Government announcement of $60 million for measures aimed at protecting the Reef.Read full article
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