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