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Reef in Brief - October 2013
Reef management on the world stage
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority staff exchanged ideas on conservation and sustainable use with other environmental managers at two international events this month. The 28th International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting was held in Belize and the International Marine Protected Areas Congress was held in Marseille in France. The events were an opportunity for agency staff to share their knowledge on best practice coral reef management.
Photos of the International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting
Recreational fishers out on the water
Stay mellow, follow rules in the yellow
One line, one hook — that’s the simple practice fishers should remember when fishing for grunter and threadfin salmon in a Conservation Park (Yellow) Zone.
Photo of tourists snorkelling near a whale
Special tourism permissions
Expressions of interest are open for three special tourism permissions relating to swimming with dwarf minke whales in the Cairns area and open tourism operations in the Hinchinbrook area.
Photo of baby jellyfish under a microscope
Nurturing baby jellyfish at Reef HQ
Behind the scenes, our Reef HQ Aquarium aquarists are caring for scores of new baby Upside-Down Jellyfish. To give you an idea of size, at the moment you could fit five or more of them on a five cent piece!
Photo of visitors at Reef HQ
Reef HQ Aquarium scores four Tourism Awards
Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville walked away with four awards during the North Queensland Tourism Awards. The aquarium was recognised in the following categories: eco-tourism, specialised tourism service, visitor and information service. Olivia McKenna, the aquarium’s Marketing and Public Relations Manager was honoured with the Young Achiever’s award.  Well done to all at Reef HQ Aquarium.
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Free app to help monitor Reef health
Download the free Eye on the Reef smart phone app from iTunes and Google play to send in real-time sightings while you're still out on the Reef and help us monitor the health of this amazing natural wonder.
Photo of Cairns coastline
Queensland Coastal Conference
Our coastal experts presented at the 2013 Queensland Coastal Conference on topics including the research that’s supporting the strategic assessment and managing the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park so it's protected for the future. Management is guided by Australian Government policies and legislation including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, as well as through engagement with scientific experts, industry and the community.

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