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Reef in Brief - January 2013
Photo of a turtle nesting
Watch out - turtles about
Beach users are asked to take care during the summer months as marine turtles begin their age-old ritual of coming ashore to lay eggs. Learn what you can do to give these turtles and their eggs the best chance of survival.
Map of the proposed Cairns Shipping Development
Have your say
Public consultation is open on the Abbot Point coal export terminal expansion, Gladstone Ports Corporation channel duplication project and the Cairns Shipping Development (Trinity Inlet) project. Have your say.
Montage of four Great Barrier Reef Marine Park related images
Strategic Assessment update
GBRMPA continued stakeholder consultation on the strategic assessment in December with workshops held up and down the coast of the Great Barrier Reef. This assessment presents an incredible opportunity to shape the management of the Great Barrier Reef for the next 25 years. The public will have another chance to comment when the draft strategic assessment is released for consultation in the first half of this year.
Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef
Time to celebrate an Australian icon
This Australia Day take time out to celebrate the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on the planet, stretches 2300 kilometres and includes some 3000 coral reefs and 600 continental islands? Find out more.
Photo of a snake demonstration at Reef HQ Aquarium
Reef HQ Aquarium a summer hit
Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville was a hit in 2012 with 145,685 visitors, up more than 13 per cent on 2011. This included more than 12,000 visitors in December. Hands on Wildlife made an appearance during the school holidays to educate visitors about venomous snakes, wild animals and environmental sustainability.
Illustration of a crab. Part of artwork by Patricia Galvin and Shenoa Sultana, Mamu Traditional Owners
Investing in sea country management
GBRMPA is inviting Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef region to apply for sponsorship to attend the inaugural World Indigenous Network Conference to be held in Darwin from 26–31 May 2013.
Photo of an old fridge being removed from the shore line.
Burnett locals on the clean up
The Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee has been doing a clean-up of the Elliot Heads River. So far more than 12 trailer loads of rubbish have been removed from the foreshore from Shark Rocks to Elliot Heads River Mouth.
Illustration of various zoning maps.
Know your zones this long weekend
Heading out to the Reef over the Australia Day long weekend? Don’t forget  to get your free zoning map before you go.

Drop into your local bait and tackle shop, visitor centre or ship chandlers for your free zoning map or call us on 1800 990 177.
Mourilyan State School students picking up rubbish on the beach.
Reef Guardian students show the way
Reef Guardian School students from Mourilyan State School in North Queensland have been cleaning up the beach at Etty Bay. They want to make a difference to their local community and help educate others about preserving the environment for the future. Great work!
Become a Reef Guardian.
Sharing news from the Reef
Through Reef in Brief, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will provide important news, information and events from across the Great Barrier Reef. Let us know what issues are important to you, what interests you most about the Reef, and what you want to read about. Email

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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