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Nominate for Local Marine Advisory Committees

People interested in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and their local region are encouraged to nominate to join one of 12 Local Marine Advisory Committees along the Great Barrier Reef coastline. The Committees are involved in matters relevant to the management, sustainable use, and conservation of marine and coastal resources, providing advice to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and other management agencies. Nominations close Monday 21 May 2012.

Reef check-up after summer

A post summer check up of the Great Barrier Reef has revealed low level coral bleaching occurred in some locations and signs of minor stress from wet season flooding. The low to moderate coral bleaching was found in the central region of the Great Barrier Reef and some bleaching occurred in the northern and southern regions. Over this summer scientists, researchers and industry partners conducted 190 reef health surveys at 43 reefs within the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.
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Understanding the strategic assessment

The Australian and Queensland goverments are undertaking a strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. There are a range of tools available online to help you to understand the strategic assessment process and highlight how you can be involved.
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Reef HQ Aquarium launches new website

Reef HQ Aquarium has launched its exciting new website which showcases the fascinating and informative programs and displays that are on offer through Reef HQ Aquarium. Reef HQ Aquarium is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and is located in the heart of Townsville.
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Telling news from the Reef

Through Reef in Brief, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will share important news, information and events from across the Great Barrier Reef. We want to hear what issues are important to you - what interests you most about the Reef, and what do you want to read about?

Lady Elliot Island lighthouse and cottage, undated (source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

Island history protected

The future of historic Lady Elliot Island Lightstation has been secured, with the release of a comprehensive plan to protect this important heritage site. The Lady Elliot Island Lightstation Heritage Management Plan outlines how visitors can minimise their impact on the 139-year-old lightstation and the unique natural environment around it.
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Sea Country photo comp

Aspiring photographers can showcase Aboriginal and Islander culture in the Great Barrier Reef through a new photo competition. More than $5000 in prizes are on offer over five categories. The competition closes on Friday 1 June 2012.
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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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