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Celebrate the Reef with us

Published 08/10/2015

The Great Barrier Reef is big, beautiful and diverse — and it’s time to celebrate it in Townsville!

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Fishing offences on the rise

Published 23/09/2015

Targeted compliance patrols in high-risk areas of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area have detected a four-fold increase in recreational fishing offences over three years.

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Boyne Island Primary School takes out top prize for Reef video

Published 17/09/2015

A team of six students from Boyne Island Primary School has been announced as the winner of a Great Barrier Reef video competition run by Gladstone’s Local Marine Advisory Committee.

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Fish in the right zone these school holidays

Published 16/09/2015

School holidays are a great time to explore the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, but there is one holiday essential to pick up before you head out on the water — your zoning map.

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Learn about dolphins and protecting the Reef - free workshops

Published 15/09/2015

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is holding a series of free workshops to share research on protected dolphin species and to encourage members of the community to take part in the Eye on the Reef monitoring programme. 

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Coral trout fishers fined for green zone breaches

Published 02/09/2015

Two Cairns commercial coral trout fishers have been fined a total of $10,000 for fishing offences in a green zone in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Green zone restrictions imposed on commercial fisher

Published 27/08/2015

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has taken steps to prevent a twice-convicted commercial fisher from engaging in further illegal fishing, by barring them from anchoring in a green zone.

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Sharing sea country management knowledge with Easter Island

Published 25/08/2015

The success of locally-driven sea country management activities was internationally showcased this week when the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Indigenous Partnerships team met with visiting traditional owners of World Heritage-listed Rapa Nui. 

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Local Management Advisory Committees ready for reef management challenge

Published 13/08/2015

Great Barrier Reef Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) members began their new three year term this month and have now held their first formal meetings to discuss local reef management issues and to provide  advice to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.  

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Local Reef Guardian School students work together for the Reef

Published 13/08/2015

Students and teachers from Reef Guardian schools across the Great Barrier Reef catchment are pulling on their gloves in anticipation of this year’s Future Leaders Eco Challenge.

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You're invited to Reef Citizen Science Day

Published 13/08/2015

Do you own a smartphone? Check. Are you in Townsville? Check. If this sounds like you, come along to Reef Citizen Science Day outside Reef HQ Aquarium this Sunday 16 August and join in free Eye on the Reef monitoring activities as part of National Science Week.

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New eyes watch over the Reef

Published 27/07/2015

Keeping an eye on the health of the Great Barrier Reef is the focus of in-water training for Whitsunday tourism staff today.

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Fines slapped on illegal coral trout fishers

Published 24/07/2015

Two commercial coral trout fishers from Mackay have been fined a combined total of $11,000 after aerial surveillance detected the men fishing illegally in a green zone.

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Townsville school commits to on-ground action to protect the Reef

Published 10/07/2015

Students and teachers from Marian Catholic School in Townsville are kicking off the year with an environmental focus by becoming official Reef Guardians.

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Statement: World Heritage Committee final decision

Published 01/07/2015

We are delighted with the World Heritage Committee’s final decision that sees the Great Barrier Reef retain its world heritage listing.

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