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Coral bleaching risks

Published 12/11/2015

In the lead up to each summer, we assess the potential weather impacts that the Great Barrier Reef may be exposed to over the coming months. This year, we're closely monitoring the risks that the current strong El Niño poses to the Reef.

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Shipwreck training for marine rangers and students

Published 04/11/2015

A two-day course in marine archaeology in Townsville this week, aims to boost the protection of the Great Barrier Reef’s rich maritime heritage, including an estimated 800 historic shipwrecks.

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Alva Beach gets hands dirty to help the Reef

Published 29/10/2015

On Sunday 22 volunteers from Alva Beach took part in the first Great Barrier Reef Clean-up.

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Cardwell gets hands dirty to help the Reef

Published 29/10/2015

On Sunday 14 volunteers from Cardwell took part in the first Great Barrier Reef Clean-up.

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Fitzroy Island gets hands dirty to help the Reef

Published 29/10/2015

On Sunday more than 80 volunteers from across the Cairns region took part in the first Great Barrier Reef Clean-up.

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Don't let your litter bug our Reef

Published 15/10/2015

Volunteers from across Townsville will get their hands dirty this weekend by taking part in the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up.

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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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