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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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Hitting the water these school holidays? Remember your zoning map

Published 24/06/2015

Fishers heading out to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for the school holidays are reminded to pick up a free zoning map and keep an eye on their location before dropping a line.

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Lady Musgrave Reef site management arrangements open for comment

Published 18/06/2015

Draft site management arrangements for Lady Musgrave Reef — the southernmost cay in the Capricorn Cays National Park — are now open for public consultation until 22 July 2015.

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Turtle handling a top priority for Indigenous rangers

Published 09/06/2015

The Yuku Baja Muliku rangers recently shared their turtle handling skills with local fisherman and marine park rangers in Cooktown.

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Early signs of coral recovery after cyclone Yasi

Published 05/06/2015

Reefs impacted by category five cyclone Yasi in 2011 are demonstrating their capacity to bounce back, with new research showing an average 4.4 per cent coral cover increase over two years.

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Marine debris weaved into work of art

Published 04/06/2015

Traditional weavers are joining forces with Townsville students to raise awareness of marine debris issues.

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World Heritage Committee draft decision: statement

Published 02/06/2015

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority strongly welcomes the World Heritage Committee’s draft decision to recommend that the Great Barrier Reef retains its world heritage listing.

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Shen Neng 1 grounding: statement

Published 27/05/2015

The Commonwealth is seeking damages from the owner of Shen Neng 1 for the cost of remediation of the Douglas shoal or, as an alternative, orders requiring remediation of the shoal by the ship’s owner.

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Gladstone video makers focus on marine debris

Published 12/05/2015

Aspiring video makers from the Gladstone region are invited to capture the issue of marine debris across the Reef through the lens of a video camera.

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Have a whale of a time on the water — remember to look out for those below

Published 11/05/2015

Extravagant tail-slapping displays and breathtaking breaches through the water are tell-tail signs of traffic on the mighty humpback highway.

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Reef Guardian Councils gather to support health of the Reef

Published 21/04/2015

Mayors and councillors from across Queensland are sharing knowledge and ideas on improving practices for the benefit of the Reef.

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