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Reef in Brief - February 2014
Abbot Point
Permit approved for Abbot Point
Consistent with our view that a preferred environmental outcome is fewer and better-managed ports along the Great Barrier Reef coastline, we’ve approved the disposal of dredge material at Abbot Point, subject to strict conditions.
Have your say on future Reef management
Consultation wraps up
We received almost 6700 submissions on the strategic assessment following the three-month public consultation – this feedback is being considered in finalising the reports.
Reef coral
Board inquiry findings released
Conflict of interest allegations against two Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority board members are “unfounded", according to an inquiry into the allegations.
Dent Island lightstation
Protecting the Reef’s history
We’ve worked with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to develop a heritage management plan for the Dent Island lightstation, which was established in 1879.
Commercial fishers looking out for local marine life
Local commercial fishers urge fellow operators to be aware of turtles and dugong feeding on seagrass at Wunjunga, south of Ayr in North Queensland.

Mangrove system
Science for Management awards
Post-graduate biophysical and social science students are encouraged to apply for our 2014 Science for Management Awards.

Ripples of change grant winners
Townsville schools rewarded for helping protect the Reef
Oonoonba State School in Townsville scooped a prize for making positive environmental changes in their school to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Blue Spot Lagoon Ray
It’s a girl!
Our Reef HQ Aquarium welcomed a new addition — a baby blue spot lagoon ray. Very few places in the world successfully breed this species in captivity.

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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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