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Repeat commercial fishing offenders banned from fishing in the Marine Park

Published 11/01/2018

Two commercial fishers are banned from fishing or collecting in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – both commercially and recreationally – for one year under three strikes legislation.

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Southernmost outbreak of coral-eating starfish detected in Great Barrier Reef

Published 05/01/2018

A severe outbreak of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish is occurring in the Swain Reefs, the southernmost location in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park found to have the starfish during the current outbreak.

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Statement: release of site assessment report

Published 21/12/2017

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority today released its site assessment of Henry Reef where the Australian Border Force vessel Roebuck Bay grounded in September 2017.

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Call to marine parks users: Help to protect the Reef this summer

Published 21/12/2017

Are you heading out to your favourite Reef or island over the holidays? The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and its partners are calling on you to do your bit to help #LovetheReef.

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Grants now open for university students studying the Great Barrier Reef

Published 13/12/2017

Post-graduate students passionate about the Great Barrier Reef are encouraged to apply for the Reef Guardian Research grants now open through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Top 10 actions to protect the Great Barrier Reef released today

Published 13/12/2017

Ramping up compliance and protecting resilient reefs — among the top 10 actions that will be used to manage the Great Barrier Reef under the Reef Blueprint launched today.

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Ship master convicted and fined for entering no-go zone

Published 12/12/2017

A master of a coastal trading vessel was convicted and fined $5000 in the Cairns Magistrates Court last week for being in charge of a ship that entered a shipping exclusion area in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Ayr to Mission Beach fishers beware: fish in a no-take green zone and risk a $2100 fine

Published 08/12/2017

Recreational fishers poaching from Marine Park no-take green zones between Ayr and Mission Beach are the target of holiday-long compliance blitz launching today.

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Start of summer will see all eyes on the Great Barrier Reef

Published 28/11/2017

While it is too early to tell whether mass coral bleaching will occur on the Great Barrier Reef this summer coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish continue to pose a high risk, according to Australia’s leading marine experts and scientists.

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Building the capacity of the world's coral reef managers and leaders

Published 24/11/2017

Fostering leadership for the world's coral reefs was the aim of a three-week immersive course conducted in Townsville and at nearby Great Barrier Reef sites.

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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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