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Reef in Brief - June 2013
New appointment to GBRMPA
Margie McKenzie has been appointed to the GBRMPA Board bringing to her new role a wealth of tourism industry experience across the Great Barrier Reef.
GBRMPA and international delegates at the WIN Conference
World Indigenous Network Conference
With Marine Park Authority support, 10 Queensland Traditional Owners attended the World Indigenous Network Conference sharing ideas and learning about best practice management of the world's ecosystems.  Authority staff presented talks on the Traditional use of Marine Resources Agreements and the Sense Activity Program.
GBRMPA staff during shark segment on Reef Live at Reef HQ Aquarium
Reef Live
We recently took part in Reef Live, an innovative live digital broadcast taking people across the globe on a guided underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef.  Check out the Tourism and Events Queensland YouTube Channel to see what happened during this world first broadcast.
Humpback whales at play
Look out, whales about
It’s time to see the humpbacks whales, as they migrate to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from Antarctica, to court, mate, give birth or rear their calves. Learn about the responsible reef practices to help keep them safe.
GBRMPA staff and LMAC member at Boyne-Tannum hook-up
Connecting with the community
You may have seen GBRMPA staff and Local Marine Advisory Committee Members at a few events lately including the Townsville Boating and Fishing Expo and the Boyne–Tannum hook-up. It’s all part us reaching out to hear your views on local marine issues.
little Leroy the flatback turtle
Little Leroy makes a big splash
Reef HQ Aquarium celebrated World Turtle day with its newest turtle little Leroy. The flatback was brought in by Girringun Indigenous rangers to the turtle hospital with floating syndrome and has quickly won the hearts of aquarium staff and volunteers as he continues to recover.
The bright yellows of the amazing Great Barrier Reef environment
Students learn to a new Reef Beat
Students are discovering why the Great Barrier Reef is amazing through our 2013 Reef Beat education series The Amazing Great Barrier Reef – Let’s keep it great — a new classroom tool with curriculum–linked activities designed for Early Years to Year 12.
Mesophotic Reef in the Marine Park
Mesophotic reefs — protectors in the deep
A study has revealed the important role that the deep coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef play, providing refuge for coral reef ecosystems from environmental events such as high sea surface temperatures and potentially ‘reseeding’ shallower reefs after disturbances.
Reef HQ Aquarium
Reef HQ photo competition
Reef HQ Aquarium is inviting photographers to capture its residents in their best light in a fun new photo competition with great prizes up for grabs.
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Sharing news from the Reef
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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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