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Significant coral decline and habitat loss on the Great Barrier Reef

Published 29/05/2017

Global coral bleaching over the last two years has led to widespread coral decline and habitat loss on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Reef Summit sets new course of action for the Great Barrier Reef

Published 26/05/2017

A blueprint to respond to coral bleaching and other recent impacts on the Great Barrier Reef was the focus of this week’s two-day Reef Summit in Townsville, Australia.

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Students have their eye on the Reef

Published 24/05/2017

William Ross State High School students are hitting the water this year to monitor reefs off Townsville.

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Flying home: using drones to care for country

Published 23/05/2017

A team of Indigenous rangers caring for one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth is pioneering the use of drones to monitor its health, with the assistance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Dugong calf population shows significant increase

Published 22/05/2017

The dugong population in the southern Great Barrier Reef region is in much better condition than after cyclone Yasi and the widespread flooding of 2011 new research finds.

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Reef tribute to Marine Park visionary

Published 18/05/2017

A reef in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been named after Sir Sydney Schubert.

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Repeat offender commercial fisherman cops $10,000 fine

Published 02/05/2017

A commercial reef line fishing dory operator received a $10,000 fine after being caught in a no-take green zone in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for the third time.

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Condiment kills crown-of-thorns starfish

Published 27/04/2017

A new weapon in the battle against the coral-eating, crown-of-thorns starfish is about to beunleashed — and it’s a condiment.

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Celebrating Great Barrier Reef heritage

Published 13/04/2017

It is Heritage Week from 16 to 24 April 2017 and we are celebrating our diverse Great Barrier Reef heritage with a series of free talks for the public.

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Aerial survey results help inform Great Barrier Reef recovery and resilience actions

Published 10/04/2017

Results from recent aerial surveys of the Great Barrier Reef will be used to target recovery efforts in those areas worst affected by this year’s coral bleaching event, as well as boost the resilience of those parts that remain largely unscathed.

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Shark control program continues in Marine Park

Published 31/03/2017

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has issued approval to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to continue its shark control program at specified beach locations in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Reef recovery efforts after cyclone Debbie

Published 30/03/2017

Whitsunday tourism operators received a special four-week authorisation to assist reef recovery by reorientating corals flipped over by cyclone Debbie which crossed the coast at Airlie Beach this week.

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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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