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Beach clean-up in school sight

Published 21/06/2017

Townsville’s Heatley Secondary School students will hit local beaches to collect rubbish and stop it entering the Great Barrier Reef.

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Consultation open on the Great Barrier Reef cruise ship policy

Published 16/06/2017

Public feedback is invited on a draft policy for cruise ship operations in the Great Barrier Reef.

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Night time patrols see illegal recreational fisher hook a $1800 fine

Published 16/06/2017

A recreational fisher’s assumption the cover of darkness would allow him to poach from a no-take zone undetected proved to be a costly mistake, with the north Queensland man recently caught, convicted and fined $1800.

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Living memorial for Australian conservationist

Published 02/06/2017

Felicity Wishart spent her entire career working as an advocate for the conservation of nature and especially the Great Barrier Reef — and now a reef in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been named in her honour.

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Cairns fishers warned: Fish in a green zone and risk a $2100 fine

Published 02/06/2017

To support Reef recovery, the Cairns area will be the target of a month-long compliance blitz which has recreational fishers poaching from green zones set firmly in its sights.

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Significant coral decline and habitat loss on the Great Barrier Reef

Published 29/05/2017

Global coral bleaching over the last two years has led to widespread coral decline and habitat loss on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Reef Summit sets new course of action for the Great Barrier Reef

Published 26/05/2017

A blueprint to respond to coral bleaching and other recent impacts on the Great Barrier Reef was the focus of this week’s two-day Reef Summit in Townsville, Australia.

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Students have their eye on the Reef

Published 24/05/2017

William Ross State High School students are hitting the water this year to monitor reefs off Townsville.

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Flying home: using drones to care for country

Published 23/05/2017

A team of Indigenous rangers caring for one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth is pioneering the use of drones to monitor its health, with the assistance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Dugong calf population shows significant increase

Published 22/05/2017

The dugong population in the southern Great Barrier Reef region is in much better condition than after cyclone Yasi and the widespread flooding of 2011 new research finds.

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Reef tribute to Marine Park visionary

Published 18/05/2017

A reef in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been named after Sir Sydney Schubert.

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Repeat offender commercial fisherman cops $10,000 fine

Published 02/05/2017

A commercial reef line fishing dory operator received a $10,000 fine after being caught in a no-take green zone in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for the third time.

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Condiment kills crown-of-thorns starfish

Published 27/04/2017

A new weapon in the battle against the coral-eating, crown-of-thorns starfish is about to beunleashed — and it’s a condiment.

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Celebrating Great Barrier Reef heritage

Published 13/04/2017

It is Heritage Week from 16 to 24 April 2017 and we are celebrating our diverse Great Barrier Reef heritage with a series of free talks for the public.

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Aerial survey results help inform Great Barrier Reef recovery and resilience actions

Published 10/04/2017

Results from recent aerial surveys of the Great Barrier Reef will be used to target recovery efforts in those areas worst affected by this year’s coral bleaching event, as well as boost the resilience of those parts that remain largely unscathed.

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