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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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Southern Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?

Published 13/03/2018

Sue Sargent moved to the Bundaberg region in 1997 to lead a citizen science project designed to increase awareness about the local marine environment. It’s a topic she feels passionately about and wanted to contribute to decisions about how the marine environment is managed. Ms Sargent joined the Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee when it was first formed in 2005 and has been a member ever since.

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Central Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?

Published 13/03/2018

Mackay’s Steve Fisher works for a not-for-profit tourism organisation that coordinates hands-on conservation projects with volunteers. The organisation’s projects cover from Norfolk Island and New Zealand to the World Heritage-Listed Great Barrier Reef. Volunteers remove marine debris, restore bushland, control weeds and carry out research and recovery programs for threatened species. Mr Fisher put up his hand to represent tourism on one of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Local Marine Advisory Committees.

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North Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?

Published 13/03/2018

Townsville’s Dr Adam Smith is a coral reef science advisor who works in the Pacific, Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef. He understands how our decisions and actions make a difference to the future of coral reefs around the world.“Coral reefs are amazing and there are so many people in governments, enterprises and non-government organisations working around the world to improve their future,” he said.To make a difference locally, Dr Smith volunteered for one of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Local Marine Advisory Committees.

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Far North Queensland: Do you want to make a difference to the future of the Reef?

Published 13/03/2018

Alice Ganfield actively encourages people in her area to look after the Great Barrier Reef. The Cape York teacher loves where she lives and gets out on the World Heritage-Listed icon as much as she can.  “My job is incredibly rewarding and, with my education connections, I really felt I had something worthwhile to contribute to how the Great Barrier Reef is managed,” she said. ­­­Ms Ganfield put up her hand to represent her community on one of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Local Marine Advisory Committees.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage strategy for the Reef open for public comment

Published 08/03/2018

Keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage of the Great Barrier Reef strong, safe and healthy is the goal of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s latest action-based initiative.Now open for comment, the draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Strategy for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was developed in partnership with more than 20 Traditional Owner groups.

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Indigenous rangers offer invaluable support to Reef and sea country

Published 01/03/2018

Seventeen Indigenous rangers will become marine park inspectors today, boosting the ability of Traditional Owners and local communities to help protect the Great Barrier Reef and sea country.

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Bowen puts heads together for local and global reef initiative

Published 26/02/2018

Representatives from schools and organisations in the Bowen region joined forces yesterday to workshop ideas for local actions that will help the Great Barrier Reef and reefs across the globe.The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority led the Reef Guardian networking meeting to generate fresh, locally-inspired initiatives to benefit the Great Barrier Reef – the largest reef ecosystem on the planet – which, in turn, contributes to the health of the world-wide reef ecosystem.

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Cairns school becomes the latest Reef Guardian recruit

Published 20/02/2018

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will today welcome Our Lady Help of Christians School in Earlville to the Reef Guardian Schools program, supporting students, teachers and parents to become Reef champions.

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