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Marine Park Authority seeks feedback on Park permit fees

Published 24/03/2017

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is inviting public feedback on its current permission system fees.

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Second wave of mass bleaching unfolding on Great Barrier Reef

Published 10/03/2017

Mass coral bleaching is occurring on the Great Barrier Reef for the second consecutive year, Australia's lead management agency for the Reef confirmed today.

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Use and access to Whitsundays tourism hotspot open for public comment

Published 07/03/2017

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is seeking comment on proposed amendments to recreational and tourism use in the Whitsundays area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Spot checks reveal further coral bleaching

Published 24/02/2017

Spot checks conducted by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority between Cairns and Townsville have revealed moderate to severe coral bleaching at some reefs.

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Summer compliance blitz: "Fish in a protected zone and you will get caught"

Published 22/02/2017

Dedicated on-water and aerial patrols over the Christmas break resulted in 48 incidents of illegal recreational fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, with these breaches threatening the health and resilience of the Reef.

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More eyes needed to monitor Reef health

Published 21/02/2017

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the tourism industry are urging visitors and those who work in the Marine Park to monitor closely any impacts from unusually high water temperatures on the Reef.

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School leads Reef catchment action

Published 16/02/2017

Mackay’s Pioneer State High School has weeds and pests in their sights as the school looks to improve their local environment in 2017.

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Schools win with Reef health initiatives

Published 02/02/2017

Twenty schools along the Queensland coast are being recognised for their focus on protecting the Great Barrier Reef in 2017.

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Second crown-of-thorns starfish control vessel sets sail

Published 11/01/2017

A second crown-of-thorns starfish control vessel hits the water on 10 January 2017 — it is part of efforts to protect Great Barrier Reef health by culling coral eating crown-of-thorns starfish over the next three years.

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Public urged to report suspected illegal fishing and help protect the Reef

Published 15/12/2016

While surveillance vessels are out in force over the Christmas period targeting illegal fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, community members are being urged to help to protect the World Heritage Area by being the eyes and ears on the water.

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First recorded sighting of rare whale in the Great Barrier Reef

Published 14/12/2016

The first recorded sighting of an omura whale in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been reported to marine managers.

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Great Barrier Reef managers and industry prepare for summer

Published 08/12/2016

Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop to assess climate-related risks to the Great Barrier Reef over the coming months.

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Recreational fisher pays $4000 for fishing in a green zone

Published 07/12/2016

A recreational fisher recently pleaded guilty and was fined $4000 after he was found fishing in a no-take green zone near Lady Musgrave Island.

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Coral collecting

Published 28/11/2016

Statement from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority about coral collecting.

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Minke whale and snubfin dolphin expert celebrated with reef naming

Published 17/11/2016

A Townsville marine biologist whose thirst for knowledge led to the 'discovery' of dwarf minke whales and snubfin dolphins in Australian waters has had a reef named in his honour.

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