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Early career Reef researchers receive a boost

Published 20/07/2017

Ten Queensland post-graduate students will receive nearly $17,000 worth of grants from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for ground-breaking research into the Great Barrier Reef’s key risks and threats.

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Townsville region Reef Guardians to workshop Reef issues

Published 18/07/2017

Townsville region Reef Guardian high school students are gathering on Wednesday 19 July to workshop solutions to the key threats to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Gladstone Reef Guardians gather to brainstorm Reef future

Published 18/07/2017

Gladstone students will put their heads together this Thursday 20 July to workshop solutions to the key threats to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Ghost nets get a new lease on life on floors of Reef HQ

Published 13/07/2017

When you next visit Townsville’s Reef HQ Great Barrier Aquarium, remember to look down at your feet — you’ll be walking on the ocean.

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Illegal recreational fishers are catch of the day

Published 12/07/2017

Dedicated on-water and aerial patrols were ramped up over the weekend, with 13 incidents of illegal recreational line fishing detected in no-take green zones in the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Welcoming UNESCO decision

Published 07/07/2017

Statement by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority about the World Heritage Committee’s 41st session held in July 2017 in Krakow, Poland.

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Consultation on key Reef policies

Published 07/07/2017

Reducing multiple pressures and improving the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef are the focus of two draft Reef 2050 policies released for public consultation.

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Woppaburra Traditional Owner values protected under new guidelines

Published 04/07/2017

In a first for the Great Barrier Reef, new guidelines released today further protect Traditional Owners’ values when permit applications for the Keppel Islands area of the Marine Park are assessed.

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Illegal recreational fishing fine increased to $2100

Published 30/06/2017

Recreational fishers caught poaching from no-take areas in the Great Barrier Reef will face higher penalties from this weekend, with fines increasing from $1800 to $2100.

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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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