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Illegal practices on the radar at iconic Cod Hole dive site

Published 12/12/2014

Tourism operators and recreational visitors to the world-famous Cod Hole dive site near Lizard Island are urged to alert authorities to illegal activities, because of fears the vulnerable and protected potato cod is being put at risk.

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Local council celebrates commitment to protect the Reef

Published 03/12/2014

Douglas Shire Council in Far North Queensland has joined the Reef Guardian Council program. 

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Mackay Regional Council recognised for commitment to the Reef

Published 03/12/2014

Education campaigns and improved land, waste and water management initiatives are just some of the actions  by Mackay Regional Council to protect the Reef.

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Far northern councils recognised for commitment to the Reef

Published 02/12/2014

Beach clean-ups, rehabilitating waterways, new waste management initiatives — just some of the actions by three far north Queensland councils over the last five years to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

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Izzy and Evie dive back into the big blue at Bowen

Published 26/11/2014

A big green turtle that narrowly escaped being on a crocodile’s lunch menu, and a smaller green turtle found stranded in muddy mangroves, will be sent home to the Great Barrier Reef during a community event in Bowen.

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Chinese students take a virtual dive into the Great Barrier Reef

Published 24/11/2014

Using its first-ever video link to students in China, Reef HQ Aquarium will showcase the beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef to the world’s most populous nation.

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The Great Barrier Reef: where western and traditional knowledge meet

Published 15/11/2014

Combining Indigenous knowledge with western-style management can boost the effectiveness of protected areas, according to a presentation delivered at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney.

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Local action to boost Reef resilience showcased to international marine managers

Published 14/11/2014

On-ground actions to boost the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef will be showcased at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney tomorrow (15 November).

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World-class compliance measures to be showcased during World Parks Congress

Published 07/11/2014

Boosting international capabilities when it comes to ensuring people stick to the rules in marine protected areas will be the key focus of a four-day workshop being held in Townsville this week.

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Mackay commercial net fishers recognised as guardians of the Reef

Published 30/10/2014

Mackay commercial net fishers are showing their support for the Great Barrier Reef by joining the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardians program.

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Girringun ranger exercise targets illegal activities on country

Published 24/10/2014

Conducting patrols in the sky, on the land and on the sea was all in a weekend’s work for Indigenous rangers at an exercise near Townsville, as part of efforts to spot and report illegal activities.

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New committee members to advise on Reef tourism

Published 21/10/2014

Helping to ensure tourism use remains ecologically sustainable will be one of the key roles of new members appointed to a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority advisory committee.

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Community representatives hear plans for local Reef protection

Published 10/10/2014

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) will use a two-day workshop to outline the approach it will take at a local level to improve the health and resilience of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

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Fish on the right side of the line these school holidays

Published 24/09/2014

Anglers heading out to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park these school holidays are reminded to keep an eye on their GPS to ensure they follow the zoning rules.

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Divers home in on thorny threat

Published 17/09/2014

Trained divers tasked with the job of culling the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef have begun targeting a series of individual reefs thought to be spreading the current outbreak.

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