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First Indigenous council welcomed into Reef Guardian program

Published 22/11/2017

A far north Queensland Indigenous community is the latest local government area to formally express their support for the Great Barrier Reef.

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Statement - marine fatalities

Published 20/11/2017

Statement by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority about marine fatalities.

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Australian oceanographer honoured in new reef naming

Published 20/11/2017

The life and work of late Australian scientist Dr Don Kinsey AM is being celebrated with a reef within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park named in his honour.

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New high-speed patrol vessel to target persistent night-time poachers

Published 16/11/2017

Fishers poaching from no-take green zones at night can expect to have their cover blown by a new high-speed patrol vessel armed with night detection technology.

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School holiday blitz: Rule-breakers caught, responsible fishers thanked

Published 30/10/2017

Ramped-up compliance patrols over the September school holiday period and October long weekend detected 78 recreational fishing offences in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Comment sought on Reef coastal ecosystems position statement

Published 27/10/2017

Maintaining and restoring coastal ecosystems near the Great Barrier Reef is vital to the Reef’s health and resilience, according to a position statement released today for public comment.

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Hinchinbrook Reef Guardians gather to brainstorm Reef future

Published 27/10/2017

Hinchinbrook students put their heads together to learn how their actions connect to wetland ecosystems and the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

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New tool to show where spearfishing is allowed in the Whitsundays area

Published 24/10/2017

Spearfishers visiting the Whitsundays will have a clearer understanding of where they can and can’t spearfish thanks to a new map that combines all the rules.

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Release of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority governance review

Published 05/10/2017

Statement by Dr Russell Reichelt, Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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New assessment approach for Marine Park permits

Published 04/10/2017

A new, clearer application and assessment process for permits to operate in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has come in to effect.

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Bowen Reef Guardians gather to build resilience for the Reef’s future

Published 29/09/2017

Bowen students will come together to explore how their and the community’s actions can make a difference to the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Gladstone fishing master receives $20,000 fine for repeat illegal fishing offences

Published 25/09/2017

A $20,000 fine and conviction for illegal commercial fishing in the Gladstone region shows there are serious consequences for commercial operators repeatedly threatening Great Barrier Reef resilience.

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Dr Evelyn Scott AO

Published 22/09/2017

Statement by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Russell Reichelt about Dr Evelyn Scott AO.

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Ramped-up patrols to target illegal fishing hotspots this school holidays

Published 19/09/2017

Aerial and on-water patrols will be out in force over the September school holidays and the October long weekend as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority cracks down on illegal recreational fishers at known hotspots.

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Green turtle ‘Littlefoot’— rescued, recovered and now ready to be released

Published 19/09/2017

Staff from the Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital head to The Strand in Townsville  to release the juvenile green turtle, Littlefoot.

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