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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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Celebrating GIS Day

Published 16/11/2016

From mapping habitats for protected species to assessing the extent of coral bleaching, geographic information systems (GIS) have significantly improved the way the Great Barrier Reef is managed.

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Illegal recreational fishers caught in the act

Published 11/11/2016

Figures show continued dedicated compliance patrols, a new patrol vessel and coordinated multi-agency surveillance operations detected more than 500 illegal recreational fishing offences in the Marine Park in 2015–16.

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Bowen students are reef champions

Published 17/10/2016

Bowen’s future environmental leaders will participate in a day of educational activities at Cannonvale foreshore tomorrow to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

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Statement on Great Barrier Reef condition

Published 16/10/2016

Claims that the Great Barrier Reef is dead are irresponsible and untrue, Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority says.

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Townsville students are reef champions

Published 11/10/2016

Townsville’s future environmental leaders will participate in a day of educational activities at Rowes Bay on Thursday to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

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