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Statement: Board and crown-of-thorns starfish control

Published 19/09/2018

Statement from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority about the Board and crown-of-thorns starfish control

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New chairs of local Reef advisory committees welcomed

Published 03/09/2018

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of 12 community representatives to head up its Local Marine Advisory Committees for the next three years.

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Foam shipwreck survives forces of nature

Published 24/08/2018

The Foam shipwreck off Townsville remains in relatively good condition despite being 125 years old and subjected to the forces of nature. A team of maritime archaeologists from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Museum of Tropical Queensland and the Department of Environment and Science recently surveyed the site.

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Students clean-up local beach as Guardians of the Reef

Published 21/08/2018

Local school students were joined by Gladstone Councillor Desley O’Grady in cleaning-up marine debris off the beach at Curtis Island, as part of their efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef. It was just one of a number of activities students from 10 schools across Gladstone took part in during their Future Leaders Eco Challenge run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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New vessels and boosted capacity for crown-of-thorns starfish control

Published 17/08/2018

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority can call upon five new crown-of-thorns starfish control suppliers to provide more vessels and trained crews as part of an all-out assault on coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish in the Great Barrier Reef.

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Students investigate the wonders of North Keppel Island

Published 17/08/2018

Students from eight Rockhampton schools swapped the classroom for the waters off North Keppel Island to learn about the Great Barrier Reef. It’s one of 13 Future Leaders Eco Challenges being run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Shipping master fined $17,500 for navigating no-go zone

Published 16/08/2018

A commercial shipping master caught navigating a tow vessel in a no-go zone in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was convicted and fined $17,500 in the Cairns Magistrates Court this week.The Cairns-based master pleaded guilty to navigating a vessel in a no-go zone in the vicinity of Cape Grenville for a distance of almost five kilometres for 30 minutes on the 4 June 2017.

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Students float new ways to protect the Reef

Published 15/08/2018

Local school students have come up with innovative ideas to protect the Great Barrier Reef, including a floating platform to redirect cooler water from deeper areas of the Reef to corals suffering thermal stress and bleaching. This was just one of the activities students from 10 schools across Far North Queensland took part in during the Cassowary Coast Future Leaders Eco Challenge at Kurramine Beach last week.

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Great Barrier Reef visitors: report poaching and protect the Reef

Published 15/08/2018

There’s renewed calls for all visitors to the Great Barrier Reef to report suspected illegal activity following new global research revealing nearly one third of fishers surveyed from the Great Barrier Reef witnessed poaching but most did nothing about it.

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First week on the job for new island caretakers

Published 10/08/2018

It’s the first week on the job for the new caretakers on Low Isles, a 1.6 hectare coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off Port Douglas.

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Students investigate Magnetic Island as Guardians of the Reef

Published 10/08/2018

Bugs, fish and corals were just some of the creatures studied by local school students on Magnetic Island on Wednesday as part of learning how protecting ecosystems can play an important role in the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

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“Weeding” coral reefs

Published 26/07/2018

This week will see significant quantities of seaweed physically removed from the fringing reef at Magnetic Island’s Florence Bay, in north Queensland, in a bid to give its coral an opportunity to both recover and grow.

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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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