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Remembering the mysterious Mermaid resting on the Great Barrier Reef

Published 13/06/2018

On this day in 1829, disaster struck the HMCS Mermaid south of Cairns — reminding us today of the Great Barrier Reef’s rich maritime history.

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Celebrating a new sea country agreement

Published 29/05/2018

A new Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement outlining how Mandubarra Traditional Owners will manage their sea country and its resources was launched and celebrated at the weekend.The agreement between Mandubarra Aboriginal Land & Sea Inc. and the Australian and Queensland governments covers 1500 square kilometres of their sea country in northern Queensland (between Innisfail and Cardwell).

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Crews continue to keep eye on the Reef

Published 25/05/2018

Tourism operators continue to show significant interest in the Eye on the Reef program with this month’s training sessions recording some of the highest participation rates in recent history.Since 2009, trained operators and their crews have submitted thousands of surveys and information on reef health through the monitoring program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Training program a win-win for Indigenous rangers and Reef

Published 16/05/2018

Twenty-three Indigenous rangers from across Queensland are brushing up on their compliance and enforcement knowledge and will join marine managers on patrols in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.Funded by the Australian Government, the rangers are completing a nationally-accredited Certificate IV in Government Investigations (Regulatory Compliance) at Mungalla Station near Forrest Beach from 13-19 May.

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Aquarium adds a splash of colour to waterfront

Published 14/05/2018

Stunning works by international illustrator and street-artist Wosnan have kick-started a three-phase project to rejuvenate an iconic attraction in the heart of Townsville.Wosnan, of Columbia, recently undertook a week long residency at Reef HQ Aquarium to paint a mythical coral creature and marine turtles on the building’s outer wall overlooking Ross River.

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Multi-partner illegal recreational fishing blitz nets Reef poachers

Published 04/05/2018

An intensive blitz targeting anglers fishing illegally in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park restricted zones offshore Gladstone saw 21 offences detected over three weeks.

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Indigenous artwork to be enshrined in print

Published 02/05/2018

A local artist’s stunning acrylic on canvas piece will be showcased on the cover of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s first Reconciliation Action Plan — scheduled for release later this year.

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$500 million funding “game changer” for the Great Barrier Reef

Published 29/04/2018

$500 million in funding for the Great Barrier Reef announced today is a “game changer” in managing this great natural icon, according to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Whitsunday tourism opportunities open up for operators

Published 16/04/2018

Eleven permits for the Whitsundays region are now up for grabs through an expression of interest process run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Failure to pay fine costs recreational fisher $3500 and conviction

Published 05/04/2018

A recreational fisher caught poaching from a highly protected no-go zone in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was convicted and fined $3500 in the Tully Magistrates Court after failing to pay his original fine.

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Snap, submit and share: be part of citizen science this Easter

Published 28/03/2018

If you have not seen the Easter bunny yet, you might have better luck seeing some incredible marine creatures out on the Great Barrier Reef over the Easter school holidays.At a time when the Reef is teeming with activity, turtles, dolphins and sharks are just a few of the sightings visitors to the Reef can look out for while on the water.

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Yeppoon to Town of 1770: fish in a no-take green zone and risk a $2100 fine

Published 21/03/2018

Recreational fishers poaching from Great Barrier Reef Marine Park no-take green zones between Yeppoon and the Town of 1770 are the target of an Easter holiday compliance blitz launching today. About one-third of all recreational fishing offences in 2016–17 occurred in the area and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is cracking down on anyone breaking the zoning rules and threatening Reef resilience.

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Capricorn coast goes green for the Reef

Published 20/03/2018

Revisiting ways for Capricorn Coast schools and organisations to “go green” was not a decision inspired by leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day – but by the threat of greenhouse gas emissions in the International Year of the Reef.Teachers and managers made the pledge to inspire “greener living” and educate their communities about the big five threats to the Great Barrier Reef at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s recent Reef Guardian networking meeting in Yeppoon.

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All eyes on the Reef for the Queen’s baton relay

Published 16/03/2018

One of Australia’s most iconic natural areas — the Great Barrier Reef — was the backdrop for the Queen’s Baton Relay yesterday as part of the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.And school students from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program were part of this unique experience, joining the official baton on a vessel to the Reef off Cairns.

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Buzz in Bundaberg: saying no to plastics

Published 13/03/2018

Rethinking the use of plastics is a key focus for Bundaberg schools and organisations during this the International Year of the Reef.They made the pledge to reduce the use of plastic, with a focus on single-use plastics, at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s recent Reef Guardian networking meeting in Bundaberg.

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